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Antefix

A grotesque head of Silenos with a curly beard and hair and pointed ears. He wears a fillet over his forehead, and a garland of ivy leaves, grapes, and rosettes. Traces of red and black. Rectangular finish below, broken on the right. Cf. MNR III, 1, no.58

Provenance

By 1888: with R. Lanciani (said to have been found near the banks of the Tiber, on the Trastevere side, opposite the Island of Aesculapius [Isola di s. Bartolomeo]); purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, January, 1889, for $493.92 (this figure is the total price of MFA 88.538–88.644 and 89.9–89.31)

Credit Line

Benjamin Pierce Cheney Donation

Italic, Etruscan, Hellenistic Period, 3rd–2nd century B.C.

Accession Number

89.27

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements