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Circa 3rd - 1st Century BC
Size: 31cm high, 14.5cm wide - 12¼ ins high, 5¾ ins wide
38.5cm high - 13¼ ins high (with base)
Ex Private collection Sussex, UK
Purchased London early 1960’s
Divinely inspired frenzy or ‘ecstasy’ could be achieved by his followers in which the human personality briefly vanished to be replaced, it was believed, by the identity of the god. The frenzies wrought by Dionysus were the natural complement to the virtues of reason and restraint embodied in the god Apollo. He represented the irrational aspect of the human soul and in the Hellenistic age amid a hunger for personal religion, Dionysus was one of the few Greek deities whose worship produced a mystery cult offering the hope of rebirth and a happy afterlife to its initiates.