Jerome M. Eisenberg, donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1974.
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Herm with Head of Dionysos
Roman Empire (Place Created)
1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.
Terracotta with traces of polychromy
29.7 cm (11 11/16 in.)
Herm of Dionysos wearing a large fan-like headdress with a tongue and dart pattern. The figure is beardless and has shoulder-length hair. The pillar has two arm bosses (square protrusions) on the left and the right sides. A protruding knob halfway up the front of the pillar represents male genitalia. Evidence of polychromy includes red on the hair and red and black on parts of the pillar and base. The paint seems to indicate a garment tied around the middle of the pillar and a stole about the shoulders. There is a hole in the back and base and an inscription on the back side.