LL 712


This medallion may have been used to decorate the plinth for the sculpture 'Cephalus and Aurora' (LL 713). Lever bought this medallion in 1917 along with a large number of important classical sculptures that had been owned by Thomas Hope, the great collector and classical design enthusiast. The style of the medallion was probably based on Greek vase decoration. The Bacchante wears a mask with a wide open mouth depressed at the corners, and hair that hangs from the forehead and at the sides in stiff tubular ringlets, with a wreath of ivy leaves tied by a wide ribbon hanging loose at the sides.