4 June 2008
A ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF BACCHUS
CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
The youthful god with an open mouth, unarticulated eyes and a smooth forehead that merges with the bridge of his nose, his center-parted hair with two locks once falling on to his shoulders, wearing a wide fillet across his forehead and a heavy wreath in his hair of vine leaves, grapes, ivy and berries
4¾ in. (12 cm.) high
By descent to the current owner from his father who collected between 1920 and his death in 1970.
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This version of Bacchus is today known as the Horti Lamiani type. For a similar example, see no. 123 in Gasparri, "Dionysos" in LIMC.
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