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Double herm with heads of Hermes and a bearded Dionysos

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Herm shaft with a back-to-back heads of Hermes and a bearded Dionysus (Bacchus). Double herms were a creation of the imperial period and this example is one of four double herms found in the corners of the peristyle garden of the villa at Fondo Bottaro, one each corner (see inv. nos....

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Provenance

Found May 13, 1902 during excavation by Gennaro Matrone of the villa of the Contrada Bottaro, located a half mile south of Pompeii; ownership granted to Gennaro Matrone by the Italian government; by 1916: the Cleveland Museum of Art Collection (inv. no. 16.896); purchased by MFA from the Cleveland Museum of Art, June 18, 1980

Credit Line

Classical Department Exchange Fund

Roman, Early Imperial Period, Augustan/Julio-Claudian, 10 B.C.–A.D. 62

Findspot

Villa of the Contrada Bottaro, near Pompeii, Campania, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 041.

Dimensions

Height: about 89 cm (35 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

1980.205

Medium or Technique

Marble

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture