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Comic actor

He appears to be the slave who takes refuge on an altar. He wears a slave mask, tunic with girdle, and trousers. His hands hold a funnel-shaped object. There are the remains of a ring for suspension, on the top of his head. The funnel-shaped object seems to be a musical instrument, like a small...

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By date unknown: with Ferroni, Rome; purchased from Ferroni, through Richard Norton, September 10, 1908

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Greco-Roman, Late Hellenistic or Early Imperial Period, about 1st century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 140; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 121 (additional published references).


Height: 4 cm (1 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World