Terracotta Head of Silenos
First half of the 3rd century BC
Head of an elderly silenos or satyr. Originally part of a large terracotta figurine depicting one of the plump and intoxicated drinking companions of the god of wine. Normally jovial, here the snub-nosed creature grimaces fiercely. Absent too are the horse ears and beard that normally characterize silens in earlier Greek art.
H. 9.2; W. 7.0; Th. 7.0 cm. UM neg. S4-65788.
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