- Museum number
Terminal bust of giallo antico marble: the young Dionysos.
- Production date
- 2ndC (probably)
Height: 16.51 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Cook 2013, nr. 199:
Townley's description; ‘A small Terminus in yellow marble of the Bacchus Diphues, viz bearing two natures, male and female, which joint character of the sexes is expressed in heads of this sort, frequently repeated by the ancients’ (1804 Parlour Catalogue, library 15).
This is evidently the ‘Erme in Giallo’ listed with other items costing a total of £5 in Jenkins’s bill for 1777 (TY 8/74/17) and the ‘Union Catalogue’ (fo. 61v). It is recorded alone at £1.10s. in TY 10/5, at £2 in TY 10/3 (fo. 31), and at £3 in TY 12/1. The statement in the Parlour Catalogue owned by Simon Townley, that it was purchased with 1805,0703.66 and 1805,0703.84, is evidently a mistake: the same is presumably true of the statement that they were found together. This bust is reported to have been found near Rome about 1770 in Simon Townley’s Parlour Catalogue and TY 12/5.
- Synopsis of the Contents of the British Museum (1808), X.18;
- A. H. Smith, A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Vol. III (London 1904), 49, no. 1633.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number