Roman marble sculpture showing the sleeping Silenus. The object dates to the 1st century CE. Silenus was one of Bacchus’ companions (Greek Dionysus) and his teacher. He was a god of nature.
The sculpture decorated proscenium – the podium on which theatrical art took place. The hole in the hands of the god had a pipe that leaked water to the bottom of the podium.
The object was found among the remains of a Roman theater in Lisbon.
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