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figure (ritual & belief: representations)

A small grotesque animal face with punched eyes, flat snout and slit mouth, the whole cocked to one side in a twisted smile. Below the face, in what might be the body of this weird thing, project a pair of feet (?). The body of this piece is hollow and it might have been in real life part of a larger vessel, acting as a boss or decorative projection. There will be other explanations.

The object …