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Head of Antinous as Dionysus Bust

The original Roman bust from this expertly replicated sculpture was originally created in 101 CE–200 CE, in Trivoli, Italy, and currently resides in the Fitzwilliam Museum, in Cambridge England. Antinous was a Greek youth and beloved of the Roman emperor Hadrian. After his death before his twentieth birthday, Antinous was defied on Hadrian's orders, being worshipped sometimes as a god and sometimes merely as a hero. This sculpture reproduction shows Antinous disguised as Dionysus, the Greek god of wine. He is wearing a wreath around his head made of ivy leaves and grapes. Replicated in antique-style stone, this large and beautiful bust will make a handsome gift for yourself or anyone who enjoys Roman history or artifacts. Measures 28 x 16 x 16 in.

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    Steven F.
    United States United States

    The web catalog for the DeYoung Shop lists this as Bacchus, but if you are at all familiar with classical period sculpture, you will recognize that face as Antinous. Pasted in below is the actual Fitzwilliam Museum listing for the original piece. In any case I recognized it and I bought it, and I am pleased with my purchase. Although I do not see why they didn't follow through and make the pedestal more accurately follow the original. Head of Antinous Bust of Antinous Rome About AD 130-50 Marble, height 41 cms Find-spot: Tivoli GR.100.1937 The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge View record on Collections Explorer Antinous, lover of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, drowned in the Nile in mysterious circumstances while accompanying Hadrian on a visit to Egypt. Near the site of the drowning (was it ******? accident? or suicide?) the Emperor founded a new city, Antinoopolis. Antinous himself was declared a god, and numerous cult statues were erected about the Empire. Often he appears in Egyptian guise, but here he has adopted the features and ivy wreath of the Greek god Dionysos. This head was found in 1769 on the site of Hadrian’s vast ‘villa’ complex at Tivoli, north of Rome.

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    de Young & Legion of Honor Museum Stores

    We sincerely appreciate your thoughtful and well researched review. We have since updated the product description based on your review and have also informed the vendor about the misinformation so they can correct their listing too. Much appreciate your time and depth of knowledge.