4th century BC
On front of granite plinth inscribed: "SILEN/MED/BACCHUSBARNET"
The Albertina Foundation
The bronze cast was made after a Roman copy in the Louvre in Paris, inv. no. MA 922. The no longer surviving Hellenist original was probably executed by Lysippus.
The Ørsted Park
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The god of wine, Dionysus or Bacchus, spent his childhood in the Nysa Mountains among silenuses and nymphs. A naked, bearded, ivy-wreathed silenus is carrying the child Dionysus in his arms. The child is grasping at the beard of the silenus, who is leaning against a tree trunk around which are twined vines and a snake.
The silenuses were forest demons in Greek mythology. This silenus, who brought up and taught Bacchus, was a Phrygian god of water and fertility. King Midas mixed wine in the spring from which the silenus drank, so that he became drunk and fell asleep, on which he was abducted. As a reward for Bacchus getting him back, everything that Midas touched turned to gold.