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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1932.56.60
Title
Group of Actors
Classification
Sculpture
Work Type
sculpture, statuette
Date
1st to 3rd century CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe
Period
Roman Imperial period, Early
Culture
Roman
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/292060
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Terracotta
Technique
Mold-made
Dimensions
13.2 cm h (5 3/16 in.)
Provenance
Dr. Harris Kennedy, Milton, MA (by 1932), gift; to the William Hayes Fogg Art Museum, 1932.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Dr. Harris Kennedy, Class of 1894
Accession Year
1932
Object Number
1932.56.60
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
In the Roman period, itinerant troupes of actors performed around Italy and the Roman World. This terracotta model of seven masked actors standing on the upper step of a plinth captures the sense of camraderie in the acting profession. They are bunched together like a modern chorus posing for a photograph, the outer members of the back row grasping the shoulders of their comrades in front of them. Their long-sleeved knee-length tunics and loose trousers may suggest that they are acting the role of a chorus of foreigners.

Label text from Roman Gallery Installation, September 16, 1999 through 2008.


Hard, bright orange-red clay with particles of mica (?). Remnants of white slip. Back sparsely modeled. No venthole. Bottom open.
Group of seven figures standing on a high two-stepped plinth. Two lower central figures seen in entirety wearing loose trousers, knee-length, long-sleeved tunics, and masks. Two flanking outer figures half visible. Masks of three figures in back row visible over heads of front figures. Hand of end figures in back row visible on shoulder of half-visible end figures. Compact group. Back of figures barely distinguishable.

NBR, Master's thesis
Publication History

George M. A. Hanfmann, Greek Art and Life, An Exhibition Catalogue, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1950), no. 176.

Exhibition History

Greek Art and Life: From the Collections of the Fogg Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Private Lenders, Fogg Art Museum, 03/07/1950 - 04/15/1950

Roman Gallery Installation (long-term), Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/16/1999 - 01/20/2008

32Q: 3620 University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/23/2019 - 05/13/2019

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