Roman Marble Head of Silenus
An ancient Roman marble head of Silenus, bald with horse ears, prominent brow and beard of thick curls; a grapevine garland around his head.
Ca. 1st - 2nd century AD.
Silenus 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 North Carolina private collection.
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