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Pair of Busts of Silenus
Late Republican or Early Imperial Period, 1st century B.C. - 1st century A.D.

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Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Roman
Creator Dates/Places: Roman Republic and Empire
Creator Name-CRT: Roman
Title: Pair of Busts of Silenus
Title Type: preferred
Title: .1 Bust of Silenus (1 arm)
Title Type: alternate
Title: .2 Bust of Silenus (2 arms)
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -10
Creation End Date: 100
Creation Date: Late Republican or Early Imperial Period, 1st century B.C. - 1st century A.D.
Creation Place: Early Western World,Roman Republic and Empire
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Bronze, traces of silver inlay on eyes and lips
Dimensions: 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.)
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1997.554.1-2
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, Katherine K. Adler Endowment
Subject Description: 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.
Context: Perhaps during reigns of Augustus, Tibverius or Caligula (c. 30 B.C.-A.D. 40).
AMICA ID: AIC_.1997.554.1-2
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998

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