3 June 2009
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
Austrian Private Collector, acquired in 1992.
Anonymous sale; Gorny and Mosch, Munich, 14 December 2007, lot 22.
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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.
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