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Head of a mime figurine

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A grotesque face with an extremely exaggerated nose, large ears, squinted eyes, a twisted mouth, and contorted tongue. This is an exaggerated version of a facial type widely documented in the Hellenistic period. This characterization is probably that of a mime.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Smyrna.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Greek, East Greek, Hellenistic Period, 2nd–1st century B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Smyrna, Ionia, Asia Minor

Dimensions

5 cm (1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.7625

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture