Herm bust of Dionysos

Roman
Imperial Period
A.D. 50–140


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 028.

Dimensions

Height: 26 cm (10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1979.523

Medium or Technique

Marble from Carrara in northwest Italy

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Front of bust and grapes broken off. Parts of the fillet and grapes with leaves and vine in hair have been damaged. Sides smoothed off in antiquity and there are dowel holes drilled for “arms” (supports for wreaths or fillets) set into the sides of the herm.

Scientific Analysis:
Harvard Lab No. HI743: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.17 / delta18O -1.90, Attribution - Carrara, Justification - Opaque, fine grained marble.

Provenance

By date unknown: Larz Anderson Collection, Brookline, Mass. (said to have been acquired in Italy after the Civil War); Isabel Anderson Collection, Brookline Mass.; by about 1949: Earle W. Carr Collection (who said in 1979 that he acquired it from the collection of Larz and Isabel Anderson about 30 years ago); purchased by MFA from Earle W. Carr, November 14, 1979

Credit Line

The Benjamin and Lucy Rowland Fund, Gift of E. D. B. Vermeule, and Gift of Earle W. Carr