Height: 2.200 m
GR 1878.11-6.1 (Sculpture 1606)
Room 23: Sculpture
Marble statue of Dionysos
Roman, about AD 40-60
Copy of a Greek original of about 325 BC; said to have been found at Posilipo, Campania, Italy
The god of wine
Dionysos was often
represented in this way in Roman times, and many versions of the
figure exist. The god was popular not only because of his
association with wine and good living, but also because his cult
involved the participation of his revellers, both mythological and
human. His entourage of
During the fourth century BC, Dionysos' image underwent a radical change, and sculptors created a youthful and effeminate statue type. The Sardanapollos type, also created in the fourth century, was obviously an exception. The Romans elaborated the type further, often showing the god with subsidiary figures.
The statue is carved out of one large block of Pentelic marble, except for the missing right arm, which was made separately and attached.