after 200 BCE-before 1 BCE
2nd-1st century BCE
10.2 cm x 4.8 cm x 2.1 cm (4 in. x 1 7/8 in. x 13/16 in.)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Frost Brothers Benefit and Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1986
A man twists his body in a vigorous dance movement. He is nude except for a cloth tied around his waist. The exaggerated features, such as the beaked nose, ill-proportioned head, and strangely thin arms, indicate that he probably belonged to a marginalized class in society. The shaved head with a single lock of hair on top may suggest that he is a slave. The exotic portrayal of slaves and foreigners in bronze figurines was popular in Alexandria, a major port city in the Hellenistic period.