Herm bust of Dionysos
1st or 2nd century A.D.
Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 028.
Height: 26 cm (10 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble from Carrara in northwest Italy
Ancient Greece: Dionysos & Symposium Gallery (Gallery 215B)
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.
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
The Benjamin and Lucy Rowland Fund, Gift of E. D. B. Vermeule, and Gift of Earle W. Carr