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Grotesque head

Grotesque head

Grotesque head

Terracotta

H: 4.5; W: 3.2 cm

Gift of Abraham Guterman, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum

Accession number:

97.63.30

Archaeology/Classical Archaeology

Hundreds of so-called grotesque figures like this one have been found at Hellenistic sites. They may have been votives, offered in hope of attaining healing, or charms designed to avert the evil eye. Alternatively, they may have been images of professional entertainers used to decorate the homes of the wealthy