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

Displayed

Location

UND Art Collections Gallery at the Empire Arts Center

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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