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Bronze furniture attachment

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall: 2 1/16 x 3 7/8 in. (5.2 x 9.9 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
23.160.79
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
These two bronze mules’ heads (grouped with separable object 27.253.1) were originally part of the fulcra (headrests) of a Roman couch. The mule is associated with Dionysus, the god of wine and feasting. One of the heads is decorated with an ivy garland, and the other has an animal (panther?) skin around his neck; both are Dionysiac attributes.

Gift of John Marshall, 1927 (27.160.79)
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1926. "New Accessions in the Classical Department." Bulletin of the Metropolian Museum of Art, 21 (3): p. 82.

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