FEATURED ITEM: Hellenistic Bronze Face of Silenus Greek god of Drunkenness and Wine

Hellenistic Bronze Face of Silenus Greek god of Drunkenness and Wine

HellenisticBronzeFaceOfSilenusGreekGodOfDrunkennessAndWine

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FEATURED ITEM: Hellenistic Bronze Face of Silenus Greek god of Drunkenness and Wine

This Hellenistic Bronze Face of Silenus Greek god of Drunkenness and Wine (as of 28 / June / 2017) is still available for sale from http://www.Baidun.com:

Reference: SI_GR_1016
Civilization: Hellenistic 300 B.C.E. – 200 B.C.E.
Size: H. 6.5 cm
Condition: Two holes below the mouth. Surface with light punch marks
Price: $8,500 USD
Provenance: The Baidun Collection

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Silenus Greek god of Drunkenness and Wine-Making

This bronze depiction of Silenus, Greek god of drunkenness and wine-press, dates to the Hellenistic period 300 B.C.E. – 200 B.C.E. He was companion of the wine god Dionysus, and from the 5th century B.C.E. the name Silenus was applied to Dionysus’ foster father, which thus aided the gradual absorption of the Satyrs and Sileni into the Dionysiac cult.

Here Silenus is depicted as an old satyr with a long mustache and a square beard with big curling hair locks. The face has strong features with chubby cheeks, snub-nose, fleshy lips, frowning brows, as well as pointed ears with ivy leaves set over both of them. The face is finely modeled with a strong and living expression. It is framed with a contour line at the border of the missing upper and back parts of the head.

Such a facial depiction was applied on a statue which was possibly made of other material. The punched surface of the face may indicate that it was plated or sheathed with silver or gold.

Classical Depictions of Silenus

A notorious consumer of wine, Silenus was usually drunk and had to be supported by satyrs or carried by a donkey. When intoxicated Silenus was said to possess special knowledge and the power of prophecy: It was believed that he acquired arcane knowledge and was able to predict the future. Seilenos was, in essence, the spirit of the treading dance of the wine-press – his name being derived from the words seiô, “to move to and fro,” and lênos, “the wine-trough.”

 

Hellenistic Bronze Face of Silenus Greek god of Drunkenness and Wine
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FEATURED ITEM: An Expressive Greek Head of a Satyr

An Expressive Greek Head of a Satyr

greekheadofsatyr

Though this extremely fine ancient sculpture of ours has long ago been sold, we wanted to feature this item here to demonstrate the quality of extremely fine antiquities that we have been dealing in since 1927.  Please visit our web site to see more of our very fine antiquities available for sale and global delivery – www.Baidun.com.

Reference:  #SI_GR_1003
Civilization:  Central Asia, with influence from Ghandara, 200 B.C.E. – 100 B.C.E.
Size:  Ht. 24 cm
Condition:  Damage to nose, chin and two locks of hair.
Price:  Sold
Provenance:  Private Collection R.J. 1962.
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The expressive face of this satyr reveals a right eye that is slightly lower than the left and a smirk carved purposefully askew. The satyr himself may be of Greek origin, yet this piece hails from central Asia, a result of the clash of cultures that arose out of Alexander the Great’s successful campaigns throughout the region.

The result was a vast melting pot of culture, art and religion that spanned the subsequent Hellenistic era of Greek history, when Greek cultural influence and power was at its zenith in Europe and Asia. At the time, this satyr’s inlaid eyes and simple braided crown were uncommon in Asian art, particularly seen in Buddhist sculptures of Siddhartha from the Gandhara region of northern Pakistan. Other examples include the famous Parthian relief from Hatra, as well as the hair and head of the Peshawar Museum’s Bodhisattva. In the years after Alexander’s conquests, the region’s sculpture incorporated such elements in the intervening years as trade and technology increased the mingling of Eastern and Western cultures, creating new currents of art and thought that still inspire us to this day.

The round face is dominated by deep holes for eyes which were originally inlaid. The root of the nose is strongly furrowed, as too is the forehead above, its series of wavy grooves mirroring the curvature of the expressive high-arched brows. Prominent cheekbones, with fleshy, rounded cheeks below; under the broad nose, full sensuous lips with dimples. To either side of the face, long, pointed ears with deep auricles. A exuberant shock of curling locks, whose individual strands are articulated with incised lines, is parted in the middle to form an anastole and spreads outwards in three luxuriant strands to frame the face.

Similarly rendered locks entirely envelope the head, wig-like, in schematically arranged rows. The sinews of the neck form a pronounced V-shape. The combination of glowering features and unruly hair impart to the head an intensely expressive quality. Encircling the crown of the head is a rope-like wreath which served as the base for an attachment, its upper surface flat to accommodate another element. Head of a statue, in all likelihood an architectural support such as a Caryatid.

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