Roman Bronze Bust of Bacchus - X.0146
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 2 nd Century AD to 3 rd Century AD
Dimensions: 4.875" (12.4cm) high
Collection: Classical
Style: Roman
Medium: Bronze


Bacchus (known to the Greeks as Dionysus) was the god of the vine, of wine and mystic ecstasy. His cult was prolific throughout the Mediterranean, and may have been known as far as India since it was believed he traveled to that distant country. His worship was manifested in tumultuous processions in which the spirits of earth and of fecundity appeared, their likenesses evoked by masks. This hollow cast bronze bust depicts Bacchus with a mantle draped around his shoulders. A wreath composed of vine leaves with clusters of grapes crowns his head; his hair parted down the middle and pulled back into a low chignon. His wide eyes are slightly recessed with deep pupils. His straight mouth with fleshy lip is closed. Are we to believe that he is slightly inebriated? Perhaps he is in a state of mystical ecstasy brought about from his consumption of sacred libations? Such a small bust may have functioned as a furniture appliqué, or may have stood by itself in a small shrine in the house of one of his followers as an emblem of personal devotion. - (X.0146)



Home | About Us | Exhibits | Contact Us | Services | Publications | Search | Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy | Security

Fayez Barakat, Art From Ancient Lands, Barakat Publications, Ancient Jalisco Art, Ancient Colima Art, Ancient Nayarit Art, Art of Ancient Africa, Roman Oil Lamps,
Roman Coin Jewelry, African Masks, Sand Core Glass, Egyptian Scarabs, Classical Antiquities, Pre-Columbian Jade, Pre-Columbian Gold
Animals on Coins, Emperor Maurice Tiberius, Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Islamic Gold Coins, Athenian Tetradrachms
Emperor Constantine 1 the Great, Emperor Antoninus Pius, Emperor Commodus, Ancient Jewish Coins, Bactrian Coins, Emperor Justinian,
Emperor Elagabalus, Alexander the Great Tetradrachms, Egyptian Antiquities, Biblical Antiquities, Classical Antiquities, Near Eastern Art,
Byzantine Art,Pre-Columbian Art, African & Tribal Art, Asian Art, Chinese Art, Russian Icons, Coin Jewelry, Greek Coins, Roman Coins, Byzantine Coins

405 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills CA 90210 | Phone:310.859.8408 | Fax 310.276.1346
58 Brook Street, London W1K 5DT, UK Tel: +44 (0) 207 493.7778 | Fax: +44 (0) 207 493.9593
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Email Barakat Gallery | Contact Web Master/Designer