- Museum number
Marble double terminal bust: Bacchus, probably shown with Ariadne.
- Production date
- AD 1 - 160
Height: 35.56 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Roman version of a type of the early 5th century BC.
Cook 2013, nr. 177:
Townley's description; ‘Two joined heads of Bacchus and a young woman, their necks ending in a Terminus’ (First Townley Inventory, head 34). Townley later added a note identifying the young woman as Libera).
The ‘bifront Terminus of a Bacchus and a Baccha size of life’ purchased at the Beaumont sale (TY 12/3, fo. 11) reappears in the second and third priced lists at £14 (TY 10/7; TY 10/5) and in the Classified Catalogue (First Townley Inventory, head 34), but does not find a place in the parlour catalogues before 1804 (cf. 1804 Parlour Catalogue), where it is said to have been found near Rome. Although there were other janiform herms in the collection, the size of the one bought at the Beaumont sale seems to confirm its identity as 1805,0703.69.
* Townley drawing 2010,5006.209.
- Synopsis of the Contents of the British Museum (1808), III.17;
- Ancient Marbles of the British Museum, II, pl. 17;
- A. H. Smith, A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Vol. III (London 1904), 46, no. 1623;
- L. Farrar, Gardens of Italy and the Western Provinces of the Roman Empire. BAR International Series 650 (Oxford, 1996), 35, pl. 34.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number