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Portrait of Menander

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From a tondo with triple-rolled-fillet molding, a head rises, visible as far as area behind ears and below chin. It is a portrait of Menander, the Athenian writer of comedies, 342-289 B.C. Earth, burned material (?), and remains of white paint on surface. Pupils were painted dark color....

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By 1964: with J. J. Klejman, 982 Madison Avenue, New York 21, N.Y. (said to have been found in a tomb at Balikesir [Hadrianotherae in Bithynia] with about four similar tondi of divinities); purchased by MFA from J. J. Klejman, May 13, 1964

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund

Greek or Roman, Late Hellenistic or Early Roman Imperial Period, 1st century B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Asia MInor


Height (max. including tondo): 7.4 cm (2 15/16 in.) Diameter (max. of tondo): 14.5 cm (5 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World