Artist

Maker Unknown

Nationality

Greek - c. 5th-4th century BCE

Title of Work

Silenus

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Medium

Molded terracotta

Collection/Provenance

Art & Design Study Collection

Status

Stored

Location

UND Art Collections Repository

Additional Information

The sculptural fragment dates from the Classical Period of Ancient Greece. It represents Silenus, a bearded creature from Greek mythology who was the drunken companion and tutor of Dionysus, the god of wine. He was noted for his prophetic abilities.

Silenus was normally represented as a heavy-set and good-humored old man. Being part man and part animal, he was also often shown with horse ears and sometimes horse legs and tail.

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