An Anciet Roman cast lead-filled architectural fitting of the god Bacchus wearing a fox skin, with clusters of grapes (essential for the production of wine) hanging at each shoulder. Bacchus’ facial expression and details are still visible, including his wavy hair and the individual hanging grapes. His facial features are carefully rendered, and there is a sense of displeasure or horror conveyed by his downturned mouth, wide eyes, and furrowed brow. The reverse has a square-section mounting hook for affixation.
Date: Circa 1st Century BC - 2nd Century AD Condition: Fine condition, crack to lower body. Overall green patination.
Bacchus, the equivalent of Dionysus, is perhaps best known for his position as the god of wine. Bacchants, commonly called Maenads, were the followers of Bacchus and are well known for their crazed and improper worship of the god. In the famous play of Euripides The Bacchae, the god infactuates the women of the city and causes them to behave immorally with men and they even consipre to murder under the god’s influence. This crazed bahaviour was likely linked to Dionysus’s position as the god of wine and ‘good times’.
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