Lot 15: Fine Roman Bronze Bust Applique - Silenus
27 October 2016
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
Rome, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A superb bronze cast bust of Silenus, the god of wine-making and yes drunkenness, as well as faithful companion and teacher to the wine god Dionysus, depicted with a wreath of ivy and berries adorning his head, a visage that captures his inebriated state comprised of deeply set, articulated eyes beneath an overhanging furrowed, brow, a short snub nose, rounded cheekbones, and a full beard and mustache of thick, wavy locks, and his robust, hairy chest wrapped in a flowing garland. Known to be an avid oenophile, Silenus was quite fond of the fruit of the vine and this example clearly shows his tipsy "relaxed" countenance. The surface shows a lustrous, gorgeous green patina. Custom stand. Size: bronze measures 2.75" W x 3.125" H (7 cm x 7.9 cm); 5.375" H (13.7 cm) on stand
Provenance: Ex - Private NYC collection
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Condition Report: Old perforation (with modern bolt) through chest for attachment, otherwise excellent.