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European; Southern European; Roman
Roman Republic and Empire
Pair of Busts of Silenus
.1 Bust of Silenus (1 arm)
.2 Bust of Silenus (2 arms)
Late Republican or Early Imperial Period, 1st century B.C. - 1st century A.D.
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Bronze, traces of silver inlay on eyes and lips
Two busts depict Silenus, drinking companion of Dionysos, the god of wine and revelry. They were part of the decoration of 'fulcra' that bridged the connection between the head and the frame of a dining couch. Silenus was typically wreathed with ivy, wearing animal skins, and gripping a wine skin.
Early Western World,Roman Republic and Empire
Bust (.1, one arm): H.: 17.8 cm (7 in.); W.: 14.6 cm (5-3/4 in.); D.: 8.6 cm (3-3/8 in.)Bust (.2, two arms): H.: 18.7 cm (7-3/8 in.); W.: 16.2 cm (6-3/8 in.); D.: 8.9 cm (3-1/2 in.)
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, USA
The Art Institute of Chicago, Katherine K. Adler Endowment
Perhaps during reigns of Augustus, Tibverius or Caligula (c. 30 B.C.-A.D. 40).
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