In Greek mythology, Silenus was a companion and tutor to the wine god Dionysus. He is typically older than the satyrs of the Dionysian retinue (thiasos), and sometimes considerably older, in which case he may be referred to as a Papposilenus.The original Silenus resembled a folklore man of the forest with the ears of a horse and sometimes also the tail and legs of a horse.The later sileni were drunken followers of Dionysus, usually bald and fat with thick lips and squat noses, and having the legs of a human. Later still, the plural “sileni” went out of use and the only references were to one individual named Silenus, the teacher and faithful companion of the wine-god Dionysus.A notorious consumer of wine, he was usually drunk and had to be supported by satyrs or carried by a donkey. Silenus was described as the oldest, wisest and most drunken of the followers of Dionysus, and was said in Orphic hymns to be the young god’s tutor.
Silenus Ceramic Handmade Theatrical Mask (30cm/11.81” Tall)
Silenus, a companion and tutor to the wine god Dionysus.
SKU: 2110 Categories: Terracotta, Theater Masks
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