A small terracotta grotesque with mouth aperture and mounting hole. Medieval or later.
A grotesque is a carved or moulded head or figure of a human, demon, animal or mythical creature, often with an exaggerated fierce or humorous expression. They were most often used as an ornamental feature in church decoration. The term is sometimes confused with gargoyle, which is a special type of carved beast used to decorate a drainpipe.
Condition: Very good.
Dimensions: 38mm x 35mm.
Provenance: Ex. UK auction house.