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Italic, Etruscan
Hellenistic Period
3rd–2nd century B.C.


Height x width: 25.5 x 21.7 cm (10 1/16 x 8 9/16 in.); Legacy dimension: 0.255 H. 0.217 W.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Architectural elements

A grotesque head of Silenos with a curly beard and hair and pointed ears. He wears a fillet over his forehead, and a garland of ivy leaves, grapes, and rosettes.

Traces of red and black. Rectangular finish below, broken on the right.

Cf. MNR III, 1, no.58


June or July 1888, discovered on the banks of the Tiber, Rome, opposite the Isola Tiberna on the Trastevere side and acquired by Rodolfo Lanciani, Rome (said by Lanciani to have been found near the banks of the Tiber, on the Trastevere side, opposite the Island of Aesculapius [Isola di s. Bartolomeo]); purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, January, 1889, for $493.92 (this figure is the total price of MFA 88.538–88.644 and 89.9–89.31)

Credit Line

Benjamin Pierce Cheney Donation