Collection: Athens, Acropolis Museum
Title: Mask of Dionysos
Context: From Athens, Acropolis
Findspot: Found at Athens, Acropolis
Material: Marble
Sculpture Type: Architectural?
Category: Separated fragments
Style: Early Classical
Technique: Very high relief
Original or Copy: Original
Date: ca. 480 BC - ca. 460 BC
Dimensions: H. 0.23 m
Scale: Life-size
Region: Attica
Period: Early Classical


Subject Description: A bearded male head, shown frontally, is characterized by hair combed forward and divided by a center part, terminating in a double layer of spiral curls over the forehead, oval, slanted eyes, and a thick beard effected with wavy incised lines.

Condition: Single piece

Condition Description: A single block prserves the middle and top of the head, including the hair, while the entire mouth and attached facial hair have broken off; the nose is mostly missing and the cheeks and eyes are severely abraded.

Material Description: Island marble, according to Brouskari

Sources Used: Brouskari 1974, 82-83, fig. 160

Other Bibliography: Karouzos 1961, 46 C 1; W. Wrede, AM 53 (1928) 66, pl. 21.1; Schrader in Langlotz & Schuchhardt 1943, no. 329, fig. 278; Payne 1936, 46 n. 3, pl. 103.3-4; Casson 1921, 226