A BRONZE FIGURE OF A COMIC ACTOR, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
perhaps the lid of an incense-burner, seated on a circular support (taking refuge on an altar?) and gesturing in a lively manner, and wearing soft boots, leggings, short-sleeved tunic, and slave mask, his curly hair with short braid behind, the ears, eyes, and mouth open to the hollow interior, a small hole crowning his balding pate.
Height 12. 7 cm.
J. J. Klejman, New York
Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., acquired from the above (Sotheby Parke Bernet , New York, November 22nd, 1974, no. 266, illus.)
Compare Getty Museum, inv. no. 87.AC.143 (A. Oliver, "An Incense Burner in the Form of an Actor as a Slave on an Altar," in: Bronces y Religion Romana. Actas del XI Congresso Internacional de Bronces Antiguos, 1993, pp. 331-336).