Furniture attachment, 1st century a.d.; Early Imperial
Bronze; H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Gift of John Marshall, 1927 (27.253.1)
This bronze mule's head was originally part of a fulcrum (headrest) on a Roman couch. The mule is associated with Dionysos, the god of wine and feasting, indicated here by the skin of a panther (another Dionysiac attribute) around his neck.