Head of the Young Bacchus, Roman, dated around 1- 50AD.

All we have remaining of this bronze Bacchus is his head. He is Dionysus, the god of wine, and his unfocused gaze and parted lips which conveys sexual ambivalence are characteristics frequently found in Hellenistic art of Dionysus.

Before the Hellenistic period, Dionysus was frequently depicted as a bearded adult. However, in Hellenistic and Roman art, he was presented as an unbearded youth, similar in appearance to Apollo. It is his fashionable ivy wreath which distinguishes him as Dionysus in this case.