Magna Graecia, Southern Italy, Apulia, Canosa, ca. 4th to 3rd century BCE. A wonderful Canosan figure of Dionysos (also Dionysus, Roman Bacchus) - god of wine, theater, pleasure, and merriment - standing in a rather unsteady pose - suggesting that he has been enjoying the fruit of the vine - holding a wine sack in his hands - his body nude save the cloak draping over his shoulders. With his bearded visage, Dionysos looks down toward the large wine sack held in his hands. Size: 7.25" H (18.4 cm)
This piece has been tested using thermoluminescence (TL) analysis and has been found to be ancient and of the period stated. A full report will accompany purchase.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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Repaired from about 6 to 8 pieces with restoration over the break lines. Nice traces of white and blue pigment remain. Scattered mineral deposits on the surface have developed over the ages.