Roman Marble Head of Dionysos
An ancient Roman giallo antico marble head of Dionysos wearing a floral diadem.
Ca. 1st - 3rd century AD.
Giallo antico, a yellow marble with red veins, was one of the first colored marbles to be imported into ancient Rome. Its principal quarry was located at Chemtou in Tunisia, ancient Numidia, hence its Latin name marmor numidicum. By the Augustan period, it had become synonymous with luxury and wealth, frequently appearing in public monuments and private residences throughout the empire. It was very often used in herms - rustic statues representing Hermes or Dionysos.
Formerly in an American private collection, acquired at the Hotel Drouot, Paris, February 15, 1991, Lot 77; previously in an old French private collection.