Mask of Courtesan from New Comedy

Greek, East Greek
Hellenistic Period
late 2nd or early 1st century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 115.


12 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Ancient Greece: Greek Theater Gallery (Gallery 215C)


The Ancient World



This mask is of a stock female character from New Comedy, a young courtesan (hetaira) with head band and open mouth. She has her hair loose over the ears and tied in a knot at the crown of the head. She has bored pupils. She wears a broad fillet around the head and earrings in her ears. The mouth is open.

Traces of Cream color on fillet; yellow on hair; traces of cream color and white slip on face. Two suspension holes.

Light red clay.


By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Myrina, from the Metaxas Collection in Athens); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution