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Torso of a statue of the God Bacchus

Pentelic marble

Height: 43cm

Museum number: M1034

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 373help-vermeule-catalogue-number

On display: Basement South Passage
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Curatorial note

The torso and upper parts of the legs and arms of a small statue of Bacchus; he is identified by the Panther skin knotted on the right shoulder and falling down behind in large, heavy folds reminiscent of late Fifth or Fourth Century Greek sculpture seen from this view. The torso, however, indicates that the type is Graeco-Roman garden sculpture derivative in a distant way of the Fourth Century figures associated with Praxiteles and his circle but probably more immediately the product of late Hellenistic classicism. The young god stood with his weight on the right leg, his left leg forward and out, his right arm (which probably held a karanthos or wine-jug) near his side, and the left held out and slightly raised (perhaps to support a thyrsos sceptre-staff).

Provenance help-art-provenance

Shown in the Drng. 1813. 1

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