Silenos; Roman copy based on a Greek prototype

Imperial Period, probably Antonine

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 165; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 111 (additional published references).


Height: 25.5 cm (10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble, Crystalline from the Aegean islands (?)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Broken away across the lower jaw and otherwise damaged. The Silenos wears a rolled fillet with grapes and leaves around his balding forehead. His polished, pointed ears have survived in relatively good condition.


Before 1966: with K. J. Hewett, London; by 1966: Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Rowland, Jr., Collection (first loaned to MFA as 7.66; later loaned to MFA as 173.67, 22.69, 41.1971 107.1972); 1973: Benjamin Rowland, Jr. Estate; bequest of Benjamin Rowland, Jr. to MFA, February 13, 1974

Credit Line

Bequest of Benjamin Rowland, Jr.