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Hellenistic pottery grotesque head
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Pre AD 1000: item # 624944
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|A very fine quality red glazed pottery head in the form of a male with grotesque and exaggerated features wearing a foliate wreath or garland. During the late Hellenistic era craftsmen in Alexandria in Egypt became fascinated with realism and began to produce art reflecting the day-to-day life around them. Pottery figurines of old men and women, young children, the ill and the mal-formed were produced in large numbers. Figures and heads with exaggerated features such as this are usually referred to as "grotesques" and they may have been influenced by theatrical comedies as well as the real world. These pieces produce a unique insight into the psyche of the ancient mind at this place and period of high culture. Egypt, city of Alexandria, Hellenistic (Ptolemaic) period, 2nd or 1st Century BC. One side of the back of the wreath lost, a few minor chips and areas of wear. Fragment as shown. Size: 5 x 3.5 cms Ex. collection: Sir Francis S-D, 1786 - 1859. Acquired during the early part of the 1800's. (Full details provided to purchaser).|