Dionysus is the Greek God of wine, Son of Zeus and Semele (also known as Bacchus, son of Zues and Persephone in Roman mythology). He represents the intoxicating power of wine as well as its social benefits and is thought to have presided over communication between the living and the dead. Dionysus is patron deity of agriculture and the theater and I expect that this composite sculpture, made of carved wood, covered in gesso and mortar, might have been decoration for the interior of a theater. Found in upstate New York and thought by its previous owners (dealers and collectors) to have originated there. That is difficult to say with certainty, but the pine and oak structure would tend to support that theory. In any event, the work is dynamic and would be great in a wine cellar. It’s narrow, vertical orientation is great for many interior applications.
Dionysus takes on many forms in paintings and sculpture. A marble statue in the British museum has similar facial features as this example, in that it is likewise bearded and wears a wreath of grapes and laurel, but without such a devious and menacing expression.
Made circa 1870-1900.
Mount: Mounts to the wall with two heavy D-rings and wire loops. Condition: The surface has various losses, patched repairs and painted restoration. The surface shows its age in a very attractive manner.
1800s / 19th century,
1900s / 20th century,
1900s - 1910s
143.5 x 34.3 x 26.7 CM (H x W x D)
Fair Condition / Some Wear
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