Head of a Grotesque

Culture: Greek
Period: 2nd-1st century B.C.
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 3.5 cm high
Price: 900 Euro
Ref: 2051
Provenance: Collection P.A.E. Hollander, Switzerland.
Condition: One ear chipped, one fragment on the chin reattached. Some original color remains.
Description: Expressive head with grotesque face, its nose long and bulbous, its smile broad and almost contagious, the eyes half closed. Heads like this were created in Asia Minor and Egypt and widely disseminated around the Mediterranean Sea during the Hellenistic period. Probably they were used for amusement and were bought as souvenirs (for example after visiting a theatre event). A similar example see The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Accession Number: 28.168.2.