Figurine of a hunchbacked dwarf holding grapes
Greek, East Greek
late 3rd–2nd century B.C.
10.4 cm (4 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Boston, Mass.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1901
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution