Bronze furniture attachment

Period: Early Imperial

Date: 1st century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: Overall: 2 1/16 x 3 7/8 in. (5.2 x 9.9 cm)

Classification: Bronzes

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1923

Accession Number: 23.160.79


These two bronze mules’ heads (grouped with separable object 27.253.1) were originally part of the fulcra (headrests) of a Roman couch. The mule is associated with Dionysus, the god of wine and feasting. One of the heads is decorated with an ivy garland, and the other has an animal (panther?) skin around his neck; both are Dionysiac attributes.

Gift of John Marshall, 1927 (27.160.79)