Grand Tour Bronze Figure of Silenus after the Roman Original from Pompeii
Superior quality large scale Italian Grand Tour bronze of the god Silenus
after the Roman original excavated at Pompei in 1864. This example shows
the god holding aloft with a coiled snake a remarkable oil lamp now in
the British Museum that was excavated at the Baths of Emperor Julian.
The lamp depicting bearded satyrs, lions and dolphins as well as a
seated gnome-like figure as a lid in the center. With a rich verdigris
surface. Circa 1890's.
In Greek mythology, Silenus was a companion and tutor to the wine god Dionysus.