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Grotesque Heads

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3752, Grotesque Heads, Hellenistic Period; 100 B.C.- A.D. 100

Artist: Photographer: Ardon Bar Hama
Culture: Greek
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: h. 1 in each / 4 cm

These terracotta heads were broken from statuettes of a man, and a woman, distinguished by her head covering. Their features are extremely exaggerated and grotesque, demonstrating Hellenistic interest in physical deformities, the same interest that is seen in contemporary art and literature. Although thousands of such figures have been found in Greece, their exact use is unclear. They may represent dwarfs or persons with other deformities that were curiosities in Hellenistic courts.

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