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Marble statuette of young Dionysos

1st–2nd century A.D.
H.: 15 in. (38.1 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward Klagsbrun and Joan Saslow, in memory of Dr. Henny Durst, 2011
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Adaptation of a Greek statue type of the late 4th century B.C.

The god is nude except for the nebris (fawn skin) worn diagonally at his right shoulder. Long locks of hair are falling onto the shoulders and back. There are remains of a support on the left flank, while traces of red paint are still visible between the locks of hair in front.
The statuette belongs to a series of Roman eclectic sculptures that refer back to a late classical Greek type. The s-curve and slight twist of the torso to the right for example are direct quotes of works by Praxiteles. The young Dionysos became quite popular during the reign of Hadrian in the second century A.D. Most probably the statuette was a decorative piece, although a votive context should also be considered.
[Until 1967, with John J. Klejman, New York]; April 11, 1967, purchased by Mrs. Henny Durst from J.J. Klejman; 1967-2011, collection of Mrs. Henny Durst, New York; 2011, inherited by Mr. Edward Klagsbrun from Mrs. Durst; acquired in 2011, gift of Mr. E. Klagsbrun.
Picón, Carlos A., Joan R. Mertens, Christopher S. Lightfoot, Dr. Seán Hemingway, and Kyriaki Karoglou. 2012. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 2010–2012." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 70(2): p. 12.

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