Seller: carmel-by-the-sea (158) 100%, Location: Gambrills, Maryland, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 171931653311 3rd - 1st century B.C. figure head/bust from the Hellenistic era. Greek origin. Constructed of earthenware, terracotta. Approx. 3.5" in height (with base), approx. 2" in height of head alone Condition: In tact with no apparent damage or repairs. Previously on display at a museum in Israel. Professionally mounted on granite. Part of my personal collection originally acquired in Israel in the 1970s. History: Grotesques are rare and cool pieces of ancient Greece. Instead of idols or gods, they were whimsical depictions of the undesirables. Features were distorted, some included genitalia. They were commonly produced in Smyrna by comparatively few artisans. Similar to examples on display in major museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum in New York City: http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/252978?rpp=90&pg=2&ao=on&ft=grotesque&pos=116&imgno=0&tabname=related-objects http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/248422?rpp=90&pg=2&ao=on&ft=grotesque&pos=110 -- Number one question I receive is about its authenticity: With all of my artifacts, I guarantee authenticity. I'm a European/Eurasian historian with quite a bit of knowledge of antiquities. The ONLY reason I'm selling these are to thin my collection. I have duplicates of some; when I sell one, I buy a different one. I will gladly accept them back if you are in any way unsatisfied. Certificate of Authenticity? COAs are for sports memorabilia. I've never purchased an antiquity with a COA. I have some with authentication paperwork by universities and museums or general museum paperwork. Anything less isn't worth the paper it is printed on and I would venture to guess is not real. Anyone can write a COA. If in doubt, bring the piece to a museum or to a university and have a knowledgeable person look at it. They'll do it as a courtesy but if you want paperwork, many places don't do it... and when they do, they charge a few hundred dollars per piece (really for the time dealing with photography and writing the paperwork). With just a little knowledge, it's very easy to spot the fakes and reproductions. Finally, just because it is/was displayed in a museum, doesn't mean it is real. Museums regularly commission replicas to supplement their displays and collections. They usually indicate that it is a replica in the display.