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Romano Egyptian Bronze Male Dwarf Figure

$4,995.00
Roman controlled Egypt, Late Ptolemaic to Roman Period, ca. 1st Century BCE to 1st Century CE. An intriguing cast bronze sculptural figure representing a male dwarf or possibly a Satyr, holding a vessel in his left hand, his body captured in motion with his right leg advancing before his left, his right arm outstretched, and his head looking downward. His head is disproportionate with the scale of the rest of his body, and he has a large, rounded stomach. An enigmatic figure with intriguing dimensions that certainly demonstrate his dwarfism. Gorgeous green patina. Size: 3.25" H (8.3 cm); 4.375" H (11.1 cm) on included custom stand.

This piece's iconography and stylistic interpretation is characteristic of Hellenistic bronze dwarf figures. In her article about a bronze statuette of a dwarf in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Lillian Bartlett Stoner of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University writes, "Small-scale bronze statuettes of dwarfs, of which one in The Metropolitan Museum of Art is an important example were frequently displayed in Roman domestic settings and seem to have been particularly popular during the Late Republican and Early Imperial periods (ca. 100 B.C. - A.D. 100). In this context, images of dwarfs were emblematic of the mania for all things 'Egyptian' that reached a fever pitch in the decades leading up to and following the Battle of Actium in 31 B.C." (Lillian Bartlett Stoner, "A Bronze Hellenistic Dwarf in the Metropolitan Museum" Metropolitan Museum Journal 2015 50, 92-101.)

Condition: Ancient losses to right forearm, both legs, and tip of headdress. Beautiful green patina has developed over the centuries.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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