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 Hybrisstas - Poseidon or Zeus ?
 Tryphon - Head flask in the form of a smiling negro head
 Anonymous - Plaque in cameo glass : satyr holding out a bunch of grapes to the child Dionysus
 Anonymous - The Esquiline patera
 Anonymous - The Bacchus of the via del Babuino
 Petit Palais Painter 336 - Lekythoi with a bistre background
 Polykleitos (after) - Ephebe from the Fins d’Annecy
 Anonymous - Calyx-Krater : Herakles in the garden of the Hesperides
 Dutuit painter - Oinochoe with a trefoil-shaped mouth
 Colmar painter (decoration attributed to the) - Mule rhyton

The Bacchus of the via del Babuino

Production : Rome
1st century AD
Provenance : Rome
Bronze. Hollow cast. Silver, brass and black patinated copper alloy ornamentation
H. : 71 cm

This exceptional bronze was discovered in September 1880 in the via del Babuino, in the foundations of the English church.

In the absence of the tributes which he would have held, Bacchus is identifiable by the band decorated with corymbs fastening his hair.

The composition refers to a famous model for statuary influenced by the works of Praxiteles – the Woburn Abbey Dionysos crated circa 350 BC – depicting a young, naked Dionysos for the first time. The god holds a thyrsus (staff) in his left hand and a canthare (drinking vessel) in his right hand. There are some twenty known copies and variants. In some versions, the god is accompanied by a panther, as was thought to be the case with the Bacchus of the via del Babuino. However, in 1965, the statuette was reunited with its original base, which had found its way into the collections of the New York Metropolitan Museum, thus ruling out this hypothesis.

Inventory number: 
Inventory number : ADUT00005
Acquisition details : Dutuit bequest, 1902
Room 33. Rome and the Roman Empire
The Classical World
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