Tragic mask

Greek, Myrina, Asia Minor
Hellenistic Period
2nd century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 116.

Dimensions

5 cm (1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.7643

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215C)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Tragic mask of a bearded old man (leukos aner) worn by elderly heroes of tragedy
wearing a wig with a high coiffure (onkos)–towers high over the head. feature of tragic masks started in 4th C BC
Much of the original red pigment survives

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Myrina; from the private collection of the late M. Baltazzi); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution