Figurine of a hunchbacked dwarf holding grapes

Greek, East Greek
Hellenistic Period
late 3rd–2nd century B.C.


Dimensions

10.4 cm (4 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

01.7613

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Dwarf with a prominent hunchback, holding a bunch a grapes. This is a caricature with oversized head and brows, wide nose and mouth, and thin, small arms. Spine and ribs are articulated. There are no known parallels for this type but it recalls terracottas from the site of Smyrna that show renderings of disease and deformity. Traces of white slip on body; of red paint on grapes.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Boston, Mass.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution