A FINE BRONZE APPLIQUE OF BACCHUS
Measurements: 3.7 cm – height, 4 cm – width
Description: A very fine Roman bronze applique in shape of a head of Bacchus, hollow in the back, with a protrusion for attachment. Delicately shaped facial features with incised eyes are framed by hair decorated with leaves (possibly stylized wine leaves that appear often on bronze heads of Bacchus). The features of the god are youthful.
Dionysus was one of the most important gods in everyday life and was associated with several key concepts. One was rebirth after death; his dismemberment by the Titans and his return to life was symbolically echoed in viticulture, where the vines must be pruned back sharply, and then become dormant in winter for them to bear fruit. Another concept was that under the influence of wine, one could feel possessed by a greater power.
Reference: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Period: 2nd – 3rd cent. AD
Condition: Very fine, green patination covers the surface.