Isn't this fellow cute? He's pretty small, about the size of a baseball, and made out of iron, so he is probably quite heavy. He comes from several centuries before Christ.
This image, whatever its purpose, reminds us of a universal quality of humanithy: Humor. Think of him as a satyr or minor deity, maybe found in the kitchen. Regardless of who made him or why, we cannot look at him and not laugh (or at least chuckle).
The point, for us, is that laughter is an important part of human life. Sometimes laughter is cruel, but good humor, that is not cruel, is much more important. We hope that this little statue was made out of a sense of good humor.
There is even good humor in the Bible, and next month we might say a little more about that.
You can see this statue in the Louvre (Paris), collection H. de Nanteuil, 1942, Br426. Photo by Richard Davies. As usual, feel free to use it, but do not use it for commercial purposes and give credit to the photographer.