• Figured Vessel in the Form of the Head of Silenus

    Technique:
    moulding
    Dimensions:
    height: 15,0 cm

Figured Vessel in the Form of the Head of Silenus

Created: Asia Minor. 1st century BC - 1st century AD

Found: Nymphaeum Settlement. Crimea, the environs of Kerch

This wide-mouthed two-handled vessel with a vertical shaped rim was made in a two-part mould. The seams have been carefully smoothed and the details worked up with a sculpting tool. The bearded face of the aged woodland deity and companion of Bacchus has been painstakingly modelled. The eyes, with iris and pupil made in relief and swollen lids, are emphasized by the thick beetling brows. The small half-open mouth with plump lips, the snub nose, wrinkled forehead and prominent asinine ears render his whole appearance particularly expressive. The head is adorned by a wreath of ivy leaves. The back of the head is less thoroughly worked: there wavy vertical furrows imitate locks of hair.

Title:

Figured Vessel in the Form of the Head of Silenus

Place:

Place of finding:

Archaeological site:

Nymphaeum Settlement

Material:

Technique:

moulding

Dimensions:

height: 15,0 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1947; handed over by the Nymphaeum expedition of the State Hermitage in 1941.

Inventory Number:

НФ.41-157

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