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Grotesque head; an old Silenos with shaggy hair, beard, and mustache, two small horns over forehead, and long ears. Contour a good deal broken.


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)

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Benjamin Pierce Cheney Donation

Italic, Etruscan, Etrusco-Roman Period,


20.5 x 19.7 cm (8 1/16 x 7 3/4 in.); Legacy dimension: 0.205 H. 0.197 W.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


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