Androgyny is a defining characteristic for depictions of the god of wine beginning in the Hellenistic Period. The present example, with its long, undulating curls and softly-modeled facial features typify this phenomenon. This Bacchus is of the "Richelieu type," which derives its name from a statue of the god formerly in the collection of the French Cardinal, now in the Louvre (see nos. 122e-f and 123a-c in C. Gasparri, "Dionysos," LIMC, Vol. III).