A Greek terracotta grotesque male figure Circa 4th Century B.C. From the Kabeiric Farces, with oversized plump facial features, wearing a himation, with an old collection label on the back, 7 1/8in (18cm) high, mounted
Provenance: Bilioti and Coulson Collection 19th Century. Sotheby's London, 5 December 1885, lot 541. Sotheby's London, 11 July 1977, lot 308A.
Published: Chaucer Fine Arts Inc., Rome. A Vision of Antiquity, catalogue of the exhibition, London, Summer 1980, no. 62.
Literature: The Kabeiri were deities of Thracian origin. The farces performed in their sanctuaries were played by actors dressed as such grotesques. For further discussion, see W. Burkert, Greek Religion, Harvard University Press, 1985, pp. 281-4.