Herm bust of Dionysos

Imperial Period
1st or 2nd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

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


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble from Carrara in northwest Italy

On View

Ancient Greece: Dionysos & Symposium Gallery (Gallery 215B)


The Ancient World



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.


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