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Bronze statuette of a dwarf with silver eyes

Late Hellenistic or Early Imperial
1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.
Greek or Roman
H. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1897
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 164
The dwarf wears a wreath and carries a large tray of eatables from which he is helping himself. He may be a caricature of a street hawker at a festival. He has an apron tied at the back of his neck, and a bag hangs at his side. The type is Hellenistic, but the execution is probably Roman.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 275, p. 136, New York: Gilliss Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 126, 265, pl. 105c, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Stoner, Lillian Bartlett. 2015. "A Bronze Hellenistic Dwarf in the Metropolitan Museum." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 50: pp. 91–99, fig. 1a–c.

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