Grotesque comic statuettes

Greek grotesque - Roman grotesque - Roman comic statuette
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Hellenistic magenta ceramic vase representing an actor on an altar, 3rd century B.C. The features of this slave’s mask are associated with those of the New Comedy, pug nose, thick arched brows, large semi-circular megaphone-like mouth. As with guests at a banquet, a crown encircles his forehead, 11.8 cm high. Private collection

Hellenistic magenta ceramic vase representing an actor on an altar, 3rd century B.C. The features of this slave’s mask are associated with those of the New Comedy, pug nose, thick arched brows, large semi-circular megaphone-like mouth. As with guests at a banquet, a crown encircles his forehead, 11.8 cm high. Private collection

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Greek grotesque head, 1st century B.C. Alexandria, terracotta, 6 cm high. Private collection

Greek grotesque head, 1st century B.C. Alexandria, terracotta, 6 cm high. Private collection

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Greek terracotta statuette of a seated Actor, Attic, middle of the 4th century B.C. He assumes a thinking position, his right hand, placed on his chin, supports the head in an attitude of reflection, as if he is planning a prank. This genre of person is used in ancient low comedy to designate a slave; he was a precursor of the cunning, skilled slave, who would become a very important character in the New Comedy, 8.9 cm high. Private collection

Greek terracotta statuette of a seated Actor, Attic, middle of the 4th century B.C. He assumes a thinking position, his right hand, placed on his chin, supports the head in an attitude of reflection, as if he is planning a prank. This genre of person is used in ancient low comedy to designate a slave; he was a precursor of the cunning, skilled slave, who would become a very important character in the New Comedy, 8.9 cm high. Private collection

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Roman grotesque, Roman Silenus, 1st-2nd century A.D. Roman Egypt pottery figure of grotesque seated Silenus with large phallus, 12.5 cm high. Private collection

Roman grotesque, Roman Silenus, 1st-2nd century A.D. Roman Egypt pottery figure of grotesque seated Silenus with large phallus, 12.5 cm high. Private collection

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Greek grotesque head, 1st century B.C. Alexandria, Greek grotesque terracotta head, 5 cm high. Private collection

Greek grotesque head, 1st century B.C. Alexandria, Greek grotesque terracotta head, 5 cm high. Private collection

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Hellenistic bronze statuette of a dancer, 2nd century B.C. The man of an astonishing thinness is a hunchback and has a large deformity on his chest, which is of large circumference, maybe in his youth he was a victim of rickets, his enormous phallus has gotten caught between his legs. The age of the dancer is difficult to estimate but the sooth forehead and the features of the face seem to indicate that he is a man of some age, 7.8 cm high. Private collection

Hellenistic bronze statuette of a dancer, 2nd century B.C. The man of an astonishing thinness is a hunchback and has a large deformity on his chest, which is of large circumference, maybe in his youth he was a victim of rickets, his enormous phallus has gotten caught between his legs. The age of the dancer is difficult to estimate but the sooth forehead and the features of the face seem to indicate that he is a man of some age, 7.8 cm high. Private collection

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Greek grotesque head, 1st century B.C. Alexandria, 6 cm high. Private collection

Greek grotesque head, 1st century B.C. Alexandria, 6 cm high. Private collection

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Greek grotesque head, 1st century B.C. 5.2 cm high. Private collection

Greek grotesque head, 1st century B.C. 5.2 cm high. Private collection

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Egyptian Baubo, ceramic fecundity figure,  3rd-2nd century B.C. In the form of a naked female, one hand around one of her ankles to expose her genitals, while her other hand is on her genitals, wears large wreathed headdress and her hair is stylized in long tresses which fall about her shoulder,  6 cm high. Private collection

Egyptian Baubo, ceramic fecundity figure, 3rd-2nd century B.C. In the form of a naked female, one hand around one of her ankles to expose her genitals, while her other hand is on her genitals, wears large wreathed headdress and her hair is stylized in long tresses which fall about her shoulder, 6 cm high. Private collection

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Roman grotesque, Roman Egyptian terracotta figure of a woman, 1st-2nd century A.D. Depicted bent over and exposing her behind, 14.6 cm high. Private collection

Roman grotesque, Roman Egyptian terracotta figure of a woman, 1st-2nd century A.D. Depicted bent over and exposing her behind, 14.6 cm high. Private collection

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