Head of a Water-god



Colossal head, possibly a water-god with a massive forehead and a protruding brow, emphasising his strength and power. The slightly pointy ears make him look more like a god rather than a human. The hair is weathered, possibly from its outdoor placement in the Renaissance when the head was used as a fountain. The tousled looks retain the chisel marks and the unkempt locks of the hair suggest that he has just emerged from the water. The lower edge of his facial skin is jagged, suggesting sea weed. The paddle shaped bust is a modern addition of the 18th century when the bust would have left the Villa d'Este.