Figure imprisoned by a restraint

Ptolemaic Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134

A figure is depicted whose head and arms are held in a restraint, like a pillory except that the restraint is not fixed. The cast is disfigured by cracks and the surface is worn, so that it is difficult to see the face. The head appears particularly heavy, and parallels suggest the man may have worn long hair and a beard. The figure is nude, and its belly protrudes. On the reverse may be seen four square depressions, two at the top of the back and two more just below those, whose purpose is not clear.

The figure fits appears to belong in a group of small Hellenistic bronzes depicting dwarves in a pillory.

Figure imprisoned by a restraint, Cupreous metal

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