Fragment of a Terracotta Statuette of an Actor with a Wineskin

Culture: Greek
Period: 2nd century B.C.
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 6.8. cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 2444
Provenance: From the private collection of the French archaeologist Louis-Gabriel Bellon (1819-1899). Since over 120 years in the family estate.
Condition: Fragment of beautiful quality.
Description: Hellenistic terracotta fragment of a grotesque or actor who holds a bag or wineskin. The face with acromegalic features which are brilliantly expressed with the extra-large nose, protruding ears and bulging brows. The actor, possibly a slave, has the tube in a bent position put over his shoulder and holds it with the left hand below his chest. The upper body is undressed, the head bald. The firmly closed mouth with a slightly overbite and the narrow eyes underline the weight of the burden on the man’s shoulders. Possibly from Smyrna. See for the type the statuette in the Museum of Fine Arts Budapest with the inventory number T.337. Mounted.