Period: Early Imperial
Date: 1st century A.D.
Dimensions: H.: 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of John Marshall, 1927
Accession Number: 27.253.1
This bronze mule's head was originally part of a fulcrum (headrest) on a Roman couch. The mule is associated with Dionysos, the god of wine and feasting, indicated here by the skin of a panther (another Dionysiac attribute) around his neck.