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Saturday, 6 November 2010

Artwork of the day

This ivory figure of a hunchback dates from the 1st century BC. It probably comes from Egypt and is today in the British Museum from the site of which I borrow the picture.
It is a perfect example of the way hellenistic art treated the human body and face departing from the idealization of the Classical period and adopting a more realistic approach.
It is worth trying to find this figure if you visit the British museum. It is in room 22!

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