|Collection:||Museum of Fine Arts, Boston|
|Summary:||Attis holds a tragic mask over his head|
|Sculpture Type:||Free-standing statue|
|Date:||ca. 1 AD - ca. 300 AD|
|Dimensions:||H 0.13 m|
Subject Description: Attis, the Asiatic shepherd who, when unfaithful to the goddess Cybele, underwent self-castration, holds a tragic theatrical mask over his head. He wears a Phrygian cap, open trousers, and a long-sleeved, belted tunic that billows out behind him. The mask alludes to the religious festivals commemorating Attis's death and rebirth.
Form & Style: The mask and body are hollow at the back, indicating the statuette served as an applique.