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Comic actor

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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)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Republican or Imperial Period, 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

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.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World