London, South Kensington
20 October 1999
AN EAST GREEK FLASK IN THE FORM OF A CROUCHING DWARF ATTRIBUTED TO THE APHRODITE GROUP
CIRCA 550 B.C., PROBABLY FROM SAMOS OR MILETUS
Hollow-moulded, standing naked with knees bent, hands clasping his fleshy belly, with long red hair dressed in horizontal rows of curls at the back, ending in a row of spiral curls in relief, surmounted by the flask's broad-rimmed mouth, consolidated with chips to rim, mounted
5.1/8 in. (13 cm.) high
Formerly in the James Bomford Collection.
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Ancient Life in Miniature: an Exhibition of Classical Terracottas from Private Collections in England, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1968, no. 22.
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1971.
Ancient Life in Miniature, Birmingham, 1968, p. 16, pl. 3, no. 22.
Cf. R. A. Higgins, Catalogue of the Terracottas in the British Museum, I, London, 1969, p. 56, pl. 18, no. 86 for the type.
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