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Etruscan Terracotta Head of Silenus Antefix Lot 35E Part of a live auction event on Thursday, Aug 2

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Seller: artemisgallerylive (37) 100%, Location: Louisville, Colorado, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 263839702779 LOT 35ESeller's Estimate: USD 3,000 - 4,500 Classical World, Etruscan, ca. 4th century BCE. An impressive sculptural rendering - most likely a section of an antefix - depicting Silenus (also Silenos and Seilenos or Papposilenus given his older appearance). Silenus was a tutor and companion of Bacchus (Greek Dionysus or Dionysos) who was the deity of wine, wine-making, the grape harvest, and drunkenness. Here he is shown with a characteristically aged face presenting deep-set, partially closed eyes (perhaps indicating his drunken state) beneath raised arched brows (as if trying to stay awake), an upturned bulbous nose, and a bushy mustache - wearing a grape leaf wreath signifying the importance of wine to the cult of Bacchus. A wonderful piece, especially for any oenophiles (wine lovers) out there! Size: 9.5" W x 12" H (24.1 cm x 30.5 cm); 18.875" H (47.9 cm) on included custom stand. Silenus was the mythical teacher and drinking companion of Bacchus, god of wine, winemaking, and the grape harvest - and furthermore, by virtue of the inebriated state brought about by the ingestion of such fermented libations of the vine, the deity also associated with madness, theatre, and spiritual ecstasy. The roofs of Etruscan temples were elaborately decorated. This depiction of Silenus was most likely part of an antefix, a mold-made decorative tile positioned at the eaves as well as the central ridge of a roofs in classical architecture. Antefixes stood virtually perpendicular to their adjoining roof tiles, and were oftentimes housed within clam shell shaped plaques that had additional decoration in relief, such as lotus flowers or palmettes. They were also colorfully painted in hues of red, white, blue, and black. Since these architectural ornaments were made with molds, artisans could create series of identical antefixes for an attractive display on the temple s roof. Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #136331 Condition Report: A section comprised of two large pieces with losses to lower section and top of head as shown. Expected surface wear and abraded areas commensurate with age. Nice mineral deposits grace the surface. Payment: The buyer is responsible for paying the seller directly after winning the item. Details on accepted payment methods and where to send payment are provided in an invoice from the seller. Shipping: The buyer is responsible for paying all shipping costs and arranging for shipping and delivery with the seller. Additional shipping details from the seller: Auction House will ship, at Buyer's expense For more information see terms and conditions Knowing when to bid: An event can last a few hours. To help figure out when an item will come up for auction, watch the pace of the event and keep in mind that items usually come up in lot order.Antiquities | Egypt, Greece, Italy, Asia offered by Artemis Gallery Thursday, August 02, 2018 | 07:00AM GMT-07:00 Louisville, Colorado, USA

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