Hellenistic Terracotta Head of a Grotesque

Culture: Greek
Period: 2nd century B.C.
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 4 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 2442
Provenance: From the private collection of the French archaeologist Louis-Gabriel Bellon (1819-1899). Since over 120 years in the family estate.
Condition: Unrestored
Description: Sculptural small terracotta head of a grotesque with a twisted face to the right and acromegalic features. The man with a bald head has deep forehead wrinkles, bulging brows and a slate, over-large mouth with a wide protruding lower lip. The eyes are small, the left due to the misalignment of the face significantly raised. The back of the head is pulled far back and rounded, the ears are also acromegalic. An exceedingly expressive head. See for type the terracotta statuette in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York with the Accession Number 2000.667.1. Possibly from Smyrna. Mounted.