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Figurine of a cicada

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The wings of the cicada are closed along the body. At present the front legs are bent double, the others flat along the sides. The body is hollow. The left "feeler" is broken off. Corroded underneath (cleaned in 1954). Dull green patina.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: bought in Taranto; found in or near Taranto); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Greek or Italic, Archaic Period, 5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 219; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 122 (additional published references).


Length: 5 cm (1 15/16 in.)

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The Ancient World