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Rare Miniature Hellenistic Bronze Nude Dwarf

Rare Miniature Hellenistic Bronze Nude Dwarf


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Rare Miniature Hellenistic Bronze Erotic Nude Dwarf, Greece, 1st Century BCE. male of abnormally small stature suffering from cretinism causing deformation of features, limbs, and appendages. Holding an amphora in left hand and right is misshapen. Incised features with short curly hair. Hellenistic circa 1st Century BCE. 2" high. Ex: Christie's New York. Some of the first dwarfs to have their histories recorded were owned & traded among people of the court & were delivered as gifts to fellow kings and queens. Court dwarfs enjoyed specific placement right next to the king or queen because they were so small, the king appeared much larger and visually enhanced his powerful position. Hellenistic Bronze Figure of an Erotic Dwarf, Greece, 1st Century BCE. From the earliest historic times dwarfs attracted attention, and there was much competition on the part of kings and the wealthy to obtain dwarves as attendants. Ancient Egypt saw dwarfs as being people with significant sacred associations, so owning a dwarf gave a person high social stature. The Romans practiced artificial dwarfing, Comprachicos, and the Latin nanus or pumilo were terms alternatively used to describe the natural and unnatural dwarf. Julia, the niece of Augustus, had a dwarf named Coropas 2 feet 4 inches (0.71 m) high, and a freed-maid Andromeda who measured the same.