Greek Bronze Seated Slave
An ancient Greek bronze seated slave. He is depicted cloaked, resting his weary head in his left hand. His right hand probably once held a lamp. He wears a fillet of rosettes over the cap of his cloak
Ca. 2nd-1st century BC.
The iconography of the weary slave comes from the plays of Athenian New Comedy, where mischievous slaves often spoke directly to the audience about their toilsome plight while their masters remained oblivious.
Formerly in a California private collection, San Rafael, 1999.