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Antefix. Mask of the New Comedy

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Mask of the new comedy, with a Head of the Actor Inside. The mask, like those used for actors as slaves, has short hair, a short beard. The glance is sidelong. For a similar mask, see the piece in the Museo Nazionale Taranto, published in Archeologia Classica 6.


According to Classical Journal 58 (1962), p. 12: probably from near Tarentum; by date unknown: Dr. Herbert A. Cahn Collection; gift of Dr. Herbert A. Cahn to MFA, November 8, 1961

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Gift of Dr. Herbert A. Cahn

Greek, South Italian, about 200 B.C.


20 cm (7 7/8 in.); Legacy dimension: H.: 0.20 m.

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The Ancient World


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