Ptolemaic - Roman Period - 3th Century B.C. - 2nd Century A.D.
The fragmentary dwarf god depicted wearing a fluted, flared crown, his face with a furrowed forehead, his eyebrows drawn into a frown between sunken eyes, and a long curling moustache (spelling!) and beard which is encompassing a pendant. His right arm is preserved. Wearing a pendant at his chest, the left side and legs missing.
Despite his rather unattractive appearance, he was a benevolent deity, and protected people during vulnerable periods by keeping malevolent spirits at bay. He was a particular favorite among pregnant women.
Provenance : Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, Art of the Ancient World, vol. XXII, 2011
Hermione Speier Collection, Assistant Librarian of the Vatican in Rome, 1940s-50s, thence by descent.