Bronze furniture attachment

Period: Early Imperial

Date: 1st century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: H.: 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)

Classification: Bronzes

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 Dionysus, the god of wine and feasting, indicated here by the panther (another Dionysiac attribute) skin around his neck.