Grotesque head of an actor in a farce
Greek, East Greek
2nd–1st century B.C.
Place of Manufacture: Asia Minor, Ionia, Smyrna
5 cm (1 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215C)
Head of a man– bald headed, heavily lidded eyes and eyebrows that arch back over his furrowed brow, a long hooked nose, large ears, thick lips parted in a grimace. Facial type associated with mimes who did not work with a mask–not unusual for the ugly and deformed to work as entertainers.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Smyrna.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1901
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution