Year: 100-0 a.C.
Dimension: Higth 7,5 cm
I century B.C. Terracotta applique, openwork compositions in fairly high relief, depicting the head of a grotesque with exaggerated features: big aquiline and pointed nose, frowning and strongly marked eyebrows, wrinkled forehead, prominent cheekbones, full lips, baldness with a lateral crown of hair.
The face shows the exaggerated and archetypal features of the Greek-Roman images known as “grotesque”. The statuettes of “grotesques” often represented mimes, street actors, music players, dancers, or even street vendors or workers suffering from physical deformities or afflictions that the sculptors treated in an exaggerated manner, to create a caricature-like effect. Unlike the actors of comedy and classical theatre, the mimes and actors who performed in the street did not wear masks, and the female roles were played by women, and not by disguised men.