Dionysus and Maenad

Culture: Greek
Period: Hellenistic Period, 3rd century B.C.
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 25 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 2203
Provenance: New York private collection, acquired in June 2002 at Christie’s. With excerpt from the auction catalogue.
Condition: Professionally restored from several pieces. Only one finger is missing on the maenad.
Description: A terracotta sculptural group depicting Dionysus and a maenad. The maenad rests on her left leg, the right one mincingly turned to the right. She is wearing a long chiton cascading with pleats. She points her right arm to the front right. Her hair is pulled back to a topknot, her face framed by a wreath. Dionysus wraps his right arm around his companion’s shoulder. He is wearing a fur around his right shoulder and has a coat pulled around his hip, held with his left hand. The god’s hair is braided on his forehead. Many remains of color are preserved. An appealing, in this form rare terracotta group. On the back a vent hole.