A BRONZE BUST OF ANTINOUS AS DIONYSUS
A BRONZE BUST OF ANTINOUS AS DIONYSUS

SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

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A BRONZE BUST OF ANTINOUS AS DIONYSUS
SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY
Modelled with a grapevine wreath and a downcast gaze on a waisted socle
12 in. (30.5 cm.) high

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Lot Essay

Antinous was said to have had a romantic relationship with Emperor Hadrian. He drowned in 130 A.D after falling from a barge in the River Nile. Hadrian honoured him by naming the Egyptian city Antinopolis after him. He is often depicted as Dionysus, the god of wine, who was also considered to be eternally young and beautiful.
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