ostracon ancient art



Western Greek Grotesque Head of a Man, 3rd-2nd Century BC

Rare head of a man with caricatural features.

The man shows a bulged and furrowed forehead, deeply set beady eyes, a flattish nose with marked nostril, and fleshy lips.

Strands of hair are brushed back from the forehead and from the temples.

The head fits into the Hellenistic grotesque tradition and may be related to the New Greek comedy.

Broken at the neck level. Superb style. Taken from a mold with much use of the modeling tool.

H. 4.8 cm (1.9 in), H. with stand 8.4 cm (3.3 in)

Swiss private collection E.N., Zug, acquired 1994-2002.

380 USD

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