Figurine of a cicada
Greek or Italic
5th century B.C.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 219; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 122 (additional published references).
Length: 5 cm (1 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The wings of the cicada are closed along the body. At present the front legs are bent double, the others flat along the sides. The body is hollow. The left “feeler” is broken off. Corroded underneath (cleaned in 1954). Dull green patina.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: bought in Taranto; found in or near Taranto); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution