Greek Terracotta Head of Silenos

Greek Terracotta Head of Silenos

An ancient Greek terracotta head of Silenos, bearded and bald with eyes half closed, and a garland around his head.

Ca.3rd - 1st century BC
Height: 2 in. (5 cm).

Silenos was a semi-divine follower of Dionysus, usually depicted as bald and fat with a squat nose. He was the oldest and wisest of the God of Wine's retinue. He was usually drunk and had to be supported by satyrs or carried on a donkey.

Formerly in a Massachusetts private collection, acquired in the 19th century.

Inv#: 8038

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