Old nurse holding a baby
Early Hellenistic Period
about 325–300 B.C.
Overall: 12.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 cm (4 15/16 x 2 3/16 x 2 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Daily Life in Ancient Greece Gallery (Gallery 212A-B)
Statuette of an old nurse holding a baby. White on flesh and cap of nurse, as well as on base; red on hair of nurse and baby; pale blue on chiton.
The affectionate nurse was a character in the “New Comedy” of Menander, and his plays probably inspired figures like this.
By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens: from Tanagra); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution