2012 | 16 | 191-199
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Le erme di Dionysos ovvero del suo ierofante

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This article is an iconographic investigation into three hermae from the Roman imperial age, the aim of which is to discover the original statue prototype from which they originated and to analyse the transformations which occurred in later sculptures, as well as the relationship between the identified type and its later elaborations. The herma recognized as the prototype for the other two (in the text named ‘Tipo A’) is dated to the 1st century AD, while the two variants (in the text named ‘variante’ A 1 and ‘variante’ A 2) are dated to the 2nd century AD. The subject of all the sculptures, which can be deduced from the clothing, is Dionysos or his hierophant. This work contains a catalogue description of each individual object as well as a discussion concerning the original from which each of them came. As these particular sculptures lacked lower limbs (they were replaced by pillars) it is not possible to recognize how the weight of the statue was balanced on the legs. Therefore, the factors determining type and variant are limited to the clothing and where the face and upper body are pointed.
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