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Ancient Roman Bronze applique of Bacchus / Dionysus, Circa 1st-2nd Century AD

Conservation:  Bronze treatment required
Material:  Bronze
Dimensions:  10 x 13 cm
Provenance:  Spanish private collection / Archeological Gallery, Spain, 2014
Exhibited:  Ifergan Collection, Málaga (2018-2020)


Ref ars019 Category Tag

The first and second centuries A.D. belong to the period known as High Imperial Rome, that is, the time of splendor of the Roman Empire. It is a flourishing period thanks to the arrival in power of Augustus, who brought about powerful changes in the Empire that had an impact on Roman art. During this period, the aesthetics of sculpture came from the Hellenistic world and, with respect to typologies, historical relief and portraits predominated, which sought to promote the most important characters or events.

Furniture or architectural accesory representing the god Bacchus. The Roman god Bacchus, known in classical Greek mythology as Dionysus was the god of wine and festivities, as well as the patron of agriculture, theater and carnal debauchery. The god Bacchus is usually represented with a crown of ivy encircled to the head on which two corimbos stand out, great fruits.

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