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Greek, Southern Italian
2nd century B.C., 3rd century B.C.
ca. 14 x 14 cm
Complete but reglued. Rests of polychromy.
Carved from two fragments of dark green stone mottled with light patches (steatite probably), these two objects represent animals with highly stylized and abstract shapes.
This head was virtually carved in the round, but would have been inserted into a relief or a wall, as suggested by the rough rendering of the upper and, especially, the posterior part of the skull.
This face certainly represents a male figure; it shows some of the distinctive features of the Greek-Roman images known as “grotesque”, such as the big aquiline and pointed nose, the strongly marked, frowning eyebrows and the wrinkled forehead.
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