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Anthropomorphic balsamarium of a grotesque
Anthropomorphic balsamarium of a grotesque - Ancient Art Style Anthropomorphic balsamarium of a grotesque -
Ref : 92955
95 000 €
Period :
BC to 10th century
Provenance :
Bronze
Medium :
Bronze
Dimensions :
L. 4.13 inch X l. 4.06 inch X H. 7.68 inch
Ancient Art  - Anthropomorphic balsamarium of a grotesque
Galerie David Ghezelbash

Ancien Art & Antiquities


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Anthropomorphic balsamarium of a grotesque

In the form of a well-modelled caricature chest on a concave base. The character is hunchbacked. His lines are typed with an aqualine nose, a goatee on his chin, almond-shaped eyes and a wide mouth with leshy lips. It is clearly a caricature. The top of the head is formed by a cover. A ring surmounting either side of the head through which is looped the ends of the large handle. The production of these objects is located at Alexandria. These balsamariums were probably used during banquets to contain spices or encense. The exotic iconography could be unsterstood in this context. Indeed, it was a beautiful way to associate the
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Roman art, AD 2nd century

Galerie David Ghezelbash

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Ancient Art