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Dancing Figure

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.)

Anonymous (active ) Primary

Object Type: sculpture
Artist Nationality: Europe, Greek
Medium and Support: Bronze
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Frost Brothers Benefit and Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1986
               Accession Number:                1986.46             
Object Description: 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.

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