Hellenistic grotesque pottery head from SmyrnaR121
A fine moulded pottery head from a figure depicting an old man with grotesque features.
Smyrna (Western Anatolia), Hellenistic, 1st Century BC to 1st Century AD
4 x 3.2 cms
Fragment as shown
Ex. collection: Dr. Perry T. Rathbone (1911-2000), USA; acquired from Blanchard’s Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt in the early to mid 20th Century.
Dr Rathbone was a distinguished member of the American arts community; he was director of St Louis Art Museum between 1940-1955 and director of the Museum of Fine arts, Boston between 1955-1972.
For a similar head, now in the British Museum, please see: https://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=444821&partId=1&searchText=grotesque+terracotta&images=true&page=1