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Head of Dionysos (The God of Wine and Divine Intoxication)

4th–5th century
Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)
H. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm); W. 7 in. (17.8 cm); D. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Uzi Zucker, 1979
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 236
This mature bearded man has grape leaves in his hair, suggesting that he is Dionysos. The furrowed brow, indications of age, and piercing gaze reflect a taste for naturalism. The head was buried, and over the centuries a hard crust developed on the surface.
Cleveland Museum of Art. "Kushan Sculpture," November 13, 1985–January 5, 1986.

New York. Asia Society. "Kushan Sculpture," February 13, 1986–April 6, 1986.

Seattle Art Museum. "Kushan Sculpture," May 13, 1986–July 13, 1986.

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. "Buddha in India," April 2, 1995–July 16, 1995.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Pala-Sena Period," 2007.

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