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Roman Mosaic Depicting Silenus Riding a Camel - PF.5315
Origin: Syria
Circa: 100 AD to 300 AD
Dimensions: 52.375" (133.0cm) high x 43.25" (109.9cm) wide
Collection: Classical
Medium: Mosaic


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Here, Silenus, the son of Pan who was raised by Bacchus, is perched merrily on the back of a noble camel in the midst of a Bacchanal procession. Generally, he is depicted riding on a donkey; however, the fact that this mosaic was discovered in Syria might suggest that the artist adapted the image to suite the environment. With his arms stretched wide he seems in danger of falling off, though the smile on his face shows his confidence. In the foreground, one of Bacchus' female followers comes swooping in from the left wearing a long skirt and holding a stripped cloth or banner high over her head in her left hand, and carrying a spear in her right. At her feet a sleek leopard, (also associated with Bacchus), walks calmly in the shadow of the camel. With great attention to colorful detail this mosaic presents a charming and lively picture of one of the ancient worlds most popular figures of myth.

This mosaic has been reconstructed using ancient and modern materials. - (PF.5315)

 

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