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A ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF SILVANUS, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

A ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF SILVANUS, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

A ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF SILVANUS, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

A ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF SILVANUS, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.


standing with the weight on his right leg, and holding pomegranates, grapes, and pine cones in a goat skin tied on his right shoulder, a broad puntello connecting the end of the skin to his left thigh, a fragmentary one above the right hip; no restorations.


Height: 74 cm


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Jean-Philippe Mariaud de Serres, Galerie Serres, Paris, 1980s/1990s

French private collection

David Ghezelbash Archéologie, Paris

acquired by the present owner in 2015

David Ghezelbash Archéologie, Paris, catalogue no. 8, 2013, no. 31, illus.

Drouot-Richelieu, Pierre Bergé & associés, May 30th, 2015, no. 191, illus.

Silvanus, whose name in Latin translate to “of the woods,” was the Roman patron deity of the forest and uncultivated lands. In the Georgics, Virgil relays that Silvanus fell in love with a beautiful youth named Cyprarissus. One day while following him in the woods, the god accidentally killed Cyprarissus’ beloved pet deer. Inconsolable, the boy died of grief. Silvanus then transformed him into the aptly named cyprus tree, which became his own sacred attribute (Georgics, I-20-1).


The statuary composition may have been similar to the Dresden Boy: https://skd-online-collection.skd.museum/Details/Index/166064