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Pediatrics in Art
April 1934


Am J Dis Child. 1934;47(4):855. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1934.01960110138014

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In the museum at Colombo there is a bas-relief which was taken from the ramp of a stairway in one of the temples of Amurâdhapura, in the island of Ceylon. The work dates from the eighth century and is evidentIy a portrait of one of the guardians of the temple who was named Dwârpâla. The representation shows the normal sized head with the short body and very short arms and legs and the well developed genitalia. The curved little finger is wanting in this portrayal.

Achondroplasic dwarfs were popular subjects with ancient artists as well as with the more modern ones, and a fair-sized book could be made of these reproductions alone. One of the most ancient representations is that of the dwarf Khnoumhotpou, who had a large tomb at Sakkarah and whose statue now stands in the museum at Boulaq. Some of these dwarfs were deified as Bes, who

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