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Unidentified Roman sculptor, Cast of Antinous as Bacchus

Cast of Antinous as Bacchus, ?late 18th century

After Unidentified Roman sculptor

RA Collection: Art

Antinous, the young Greek companion of Hadrian drowned in the Nile while travelling in the Emperor's entourage in 130 AD. Devastated his death, Hadrian ordered that Antinous should be worshipped as a god. He founded the Egyptian town of Antinopolis amongst others and had hundreds of temples and statues made in his honour.

This is a cast from an original bust in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, which dates from 101 - 200 AD and was excavated by Gavin Hamilton at Tivoli in Italy.

Object details

Cast of Antinous as Bacchus
Original attributed to
Original in Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
?late 18th century
Object type
Sculpture Cast
Plaster cast

810 mm x 394 mm x 420 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
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