Fragment of a Brazier with the Head of Papposilenus

Culture: Greek
Period: 3rd century B.C.
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 7.4 cm x 11 cm
Price: Sold
Ref: 2303
Provenance: Collection Karl Ledl (1924-1968), Vienna, Austria. Acquired end of the 1950s. Since then in the family estate.
Condition: Fragment
Description: Fragment of a brazier or a fire container which was used for cooking in the eastern region of the Mediterranean Sea. The expressive face, pressed from a mold, depicts the portrait of a Papposilenus with long braided, protruding beard. The eyes staring from thick brows, which continue straight to the broad nose. The hair is curly and cascading sideways. The pointy ears looking out. The decoration was probably on a handle on the inside of the brazier. See for reference the depiction of two fragments from Halicarnassus which are today in the British Museum (registry number 1857,1220.365 as well as 1857,1220.363).