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    Sale 2174

    Antiquities

    3 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 153

    A GREEK BRONZE GROTESQUE

    HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 3RD-2ND CENTURY B.C.

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    Estimate

    A GREEK BRONZE GROTESQUE
    HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 3RD-2ND CENTURY B.C.
    The exaggerated nude hunchback leaning forward, his emaciated body with the right leg crossing over the left, his genitalia swinging out behind, his ribs individually depicted and peaked at the center of his back and chest, wearing a thick garland around his neck, tied at the nape, his neck curved sharply to his right, with a pointed chin, hooked nose and heavy brows, his close-cropped hair indicated by short incisions, a single lock at the back of the head, adorned with a thin knobbed diadem, a drill hole for insertion of a now-missing additional attribute
    3¼ in. (8.3 cm.) long


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    For related examples of Alexandrian realism see nos. 4 and 5 in Symes, A Memorial Exhibition for Christo Michailidis, 1945-1999.

    Provenance

    Austrian Private Collector, acquired in 1992.
    Anonymous sale; Gorny and Mosch, Munich, 14 December 2007, lot 22.