Circa 1st Century BC-AD
Description: Well-modeled solid-cast bronze macrophallic dwarf playing a double flute. He sits with legs apart upon a round projection with his arms bent upward to hold the double flute to his lips. The dwarf's face is elongated with deep set eyes, nose and mouth. He is naked except a conical hat atop his head, similar to those worn in antiquity by clowns and mimes. Beneath the hat, short hair is visible, parted around his large ears. A bent projection arises from the hat indicating that along with the projection upon which the dwarf sits, that this figure was once attached to a larger item.
Height: 2.6 in. (6.0 cm)
Condition: One flute is now missing but otherwise intact. Dark smooth patina. Custom mounted.
Provenance: Formerly in the Haddad Collection of Ancient Erotic Art with George Zachos.
Background: Possible once part of a group of several bronze dwarfs dancing and playing instruments, possibly in ritual worship of Dionysos. Examples from this group may be found in the Walter's Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Louvre.
Price: $ 1,200