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Roman Marble Bacchus Torso - PH.0202
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 100 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 20" (50.8cm) high
Collection: Classical Antiquities
Style: Roman
Medium: Marble

Location: United States
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Throughout classical history the worship of Bacchus (Dionysus in Greek) was widespread, for he was believed to rule over mankind’s less inhibited nature. In Athens, great dramatic festivals were celebrated in his honor, and Alexander the Great spread the cult of Dionysus as far east as India. This splendid Roman work draws on centuries of visual and mythological tradition. The god is depicted with an animal skin draped across his left shoulder and a bounty of grapes and other fruit in tow. The bounty and youthful musculature recall the prosperity and health of being young. - (PH.0202)


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