DescriptionA French Wooden Carved Sculpture of Bacchus
Unknown maker, Northern France
60 inches high
Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, became a favorite of sculptors, especially after Michelangelo's famous sculpture was completed in 1497. This early 18th century rendition of the swaggering god was completed in walnut, probably in northern France. Due to the short proportion of the legs to the body, the statue was probably displayed at a height on a building and was sculpted so as to be seen in an upward perspective.
Detailed with the familiar accoutrements of the god of wine, Bacchus is adorned in his tiger head and skin garment, according to legend, because of the animal's love of the grape. Bacchus holds a bunch of grapes in his left hand and rests his right arm on a tree adorned with grape vines. His right leg is crossed in front of him. The sculpture has an iron ring affixed to the back to anchor the piece to a building or other structure.
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