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Double herm with heads of a youthful Dionysos and child

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Herm shaft with back-to-back heads of a youthful Dionysus (Bacchus) and child-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 in each corner (see inv....

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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. 16.894); 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


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

Catalogue Raisonné

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


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

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Medium or Technique

Marble Scientific Analysis: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.488 / delta18O -7.827, Attribution - Pentelikon.


The Ancient World