New Comedy Actor declaiming
2nd to 1st century B.C.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 139; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 120-121 (additional published references).
Height: 10.8 cm (4 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ancient Greece: Greek Theater Gallery (Gallery 215C)
An actor with the distinctive mask of teh slave character from New Comedy–his costume fits the more naturalistic style drawn from every day life of this genre.
The actor’s right arm is raised in a gesture of declamation. He wears a small cloak on his left shoulder and a short, girdled tunic with long sleeves, tight trousers, sandals, and a slave mask. He stands on a circular, molded base. Greenish patina, slightly crusty.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought in Perugia); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund