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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. 2nd century AD.

Height: 13 in. (33 cm).

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; previously, Piasa, Paris, April 13, 2005, lot 584.

Inv#: 8550

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