Dimensions
height: 7.8 cm
Date
1st century B.C.
Material
Production place
Inventory
T.535
ID
Hyp-547
Condition
Body beyond waist broken off and lost.
References
Oroszlán 1930, 80, E 43; Castiglione, in BullMusHong 64 (1985), 24, 69, fig. 28; Török 1995, 116–117, no. 156; Török 2005a, 35, no. 1; Török 2005b, 39, no. 1

The figure is represented in a posture associated with mourning. The man leans his head on his right hand, his elbow rests on his left hand, in which he holds a goose by its feet (now damaged). The face has a suffering expression.

In Greek iconography, the posture of the arms signified deep concern and philosophical concentration but was also associated with mourning. The fragment may represent a slave or a person of low standing in a cult context, and follows the tradition of Alexandrian Hellenistic terracottas, where representations of crippled and grotesque figures in cult contexts may have been meant to be luck-bringing rather than caricaturistic.