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Scene from Attic Middle Comedy or a local play in the Attic tradition. Two comic actors face each other in a high-steppig dance. Both wear expressive, bearded masks, trousers, padded tunics, and mock phalli. The tunics and phalli are tinted with dilute glaze. The stage is not represented,...

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By date unknown: From Suessula and later the Spinelli Collection (according to Vase-Painting in Italy, p. 167); by 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: The following objects [MFA 03.805-03.833, 03.836-03.837, 03.906] were found in one cemetery in Campania.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24, 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900

Greek, South Italian, Late Classical Period, about 360–350 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Campania, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 080.


Height: 29.8 cm (11 3/4 in.); diameter: 19 cm (7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World