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Old nurse with a baby

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Statuette of an old nurse holding a baby. White on flesh and cap of nurse, as well as on base; red on hair of nurse and baby; pale blue on chiton. Label text: The affectionate nurse was a character in the "New Comedy" of Menander, and his plays probably inspired figures like this.


By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens: from Tanagra); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

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Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Greek, Early Hellenistic Period, about 325–300 B.C.


12.9 cm (5 1/16 in.)

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The Ancient World