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A Greek Terracotta Head of Dionysus, Hellenistic Period, ca.3rd - 1st century B.C.

GT1508

An expressive head of the god of wine and fertility depicted here as an aged man with beard, the face with rounded cheekbones, aquiline nose, symmetrical eyebrows, and almond-shaped eyes; the forehead is well modeled.  On his head, he wears a diadem with large palmette.

Dionysus has a beautifully fashioned diadem with pointed center decoration. interspersed with four clusters of grapes and ivy leaves – ivy being a plant sacred to the god.  This charming head would have been the perfect complement to a symposium in a Hellenistic villa, an occasion where wine would have been consumed in generous quantities, and the significance of Dionysus would have been especially pertinent. 

Dimensions: Height: 5 3/4 inches (14.6 cm), on stand 8 3/4 inches (22.2 cm)

Condition:  Overall old repairs, rejoined from small pieces. Filled and mounted to marble stand with plaster, consistent with age and use.

Provenance:  Private Virginia collection, acquired in the late 19th century and then by descent, with 19th century catalog mark on back: "905B", 


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