Furniture attachment, 1st century a.d.; Early Imperial
Bronze; Overall 2 1/16 x 3 7/8 in. (5.2 x 9.9 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1923 (23.160.79)
These two bronze mule's heads were originally part of the fulcra (headrests) of a Roman couch. The mule is associated with Dionysos, 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.