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The child Dionysus

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In this statue, Dionysus (also known as Bacchus), is portrayed with a childish face, body, and limbs. Dionysus was the god of drama, wine, and fertility. The god wears a wreath of ivy leaves and grapes over his wavy hair and grape-clusters over his ears. He also wears a fillet across his...

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By 1987: with Sotheby's, 1334 York Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10021 (Sotheby's sale, May 29, 1987, lot 105, illustrated on cover of the sale catalogue); by 1994, with Acanthus, 24 East 81st Street, New York, N.Y. 10028; purchased by MFA from Acanthus, October 26, 1994

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Given in memory of Benjamin Rowland, Jr. by his wife and daughters

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 140–170


Mount (Black marble base ): 7.3 x 23.5 x 36.2 cm (2 7/8 x 9 1/4 x 14 1/4 in.) Case (painted wooden base): 67.3 x 66 x 66 cm (26 1/2 x 26 x 26 in.)

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Marble from Carrara, Italy


The Ancient World