Reproduction of a Greek statuette of a dancing dwarf or pygmy
The figure represented is characterized mainly by its small size, by its short legs, and by the negative features of its face: it is a dwarf or pygmy (during the Hellenistic period, images of Pygmies, which are ethnic dwarves, are treated in the same way as pathological dwarfs). His legs are spread apart, with the right hand moving forward as if he were jumping or dancing. The left arm is raised and the hand is placed close to the ear, as if it were imitating the gesture of someone who wants to hear something better or asks to repeat a sentence. In his other hand (the right arm is lowered to the thigh), this small figure holds a spherical object, which can be identified as a ball.
This statuette is part of the large family of "grotesques", a term that designates objects, usually small in size and of varied artistic quality, that exploit physical deformations and human diseases to create a caricatural effect and amuse the viewer, rather than imitate reality. Images of men or, rarely, women and children, emaciated or obese, old people, dwarves, Africans, emaciated or obese, etc.
Height: 9,5 cm.
Width: 5,5 cm.
Depth: 4 cm.
Weight: 220 g.
Publisher: Temarte S.L.