Three Roman Bronze Appliques
Three ancient Roman bronze appliques, each with the head of a Maenad with hair adorned with a garland of flowers and eyes inlaid with glass.
Ca. 2nd - 3rd century AD.
Maenads (also Bacchantes) were the frenzied female members of the retinue of Dionysos, the Greek god of wine and revelry (Roman: Bacchus). Maenads, literally "the raving ones," were often depicted in Greek art as wild and ecstatic women who indulged in sex, violence, and intoxication.
Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, (2013), no. 39.
Formerly in a European private collection, acquired in 1980.