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Farnese Dionysos

This headless seated male figure is identified as Dionysos owing to the strands of long hair that fall on its shoulders. He may also originally have worn a garland of ivy. His Hellenistic style makes him a latter day version of the reclining Dionysus on the east pediment of the Parthenon.

He is called ‘Farnese’ after the Farnese collection to which he belonged — one of the most important antiquities collections in Rome. This collection has moved and today is housed in Naples

Location of Original: 

Naples, National Museum 295


Ruesch: Guide to the National Museum, Naples, 97
Brunn-Bruckmann: Denkmäler Griechischer und Römischer Skulptur, pl. 300

Early Hellenistic

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