Greek Terracotta Comical Actor
An ancient Hellenistic Greek terracotta statuette of a pot-bellied comical actor with an exaggerated phallus, known as a Phylax. He stands with his right foot forward leaning his right elbow on a column. He wears a comical mask and a light blue mantle.
Canosa, southern Italy.
Accompanied by a thermoluminescence test confirming its date.
cf.: M. Bieber, The History of Greek and Roman Theater, (Princeton, 1961), figs. 402-407, 410 - 413.
Formerly in a Swiss private collection.