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Head of a statue of Dionysos

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Although the modeling of the two faces differs, this and another bronze head doubtless form a pair. They were cast by means of the lost wax method in two pieces, soldered together at the area of the diadem. This technique provided for the easy application of the eye inlays from the inside out....

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From Meroe, North Cemetery, Pyramid Beg. N 5 (tomb of an unidentified prince), Chamber A. December, 1921: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1924: assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Greek, Late Hellenistic period, 150–50 B.C.


Meröe (Begrawiya), Nubia (Sudan)

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 068; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 119 (additional published references).


Height: 13 cm (5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bronze, silver


The Ancient World