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Head of Young Bacchus (efeb)

<p>Head of Young Bacchus (efeb), c. 2nd century AD, limestone and marble, 15 &times; 10 cm. Photo: Pere Cornellas, 2014</p>

Head of Young Bacchus (efeb), c. 2nd century AD, limestone and marble, 15 × 10 cm. Photo: Pere Cornellas, 2014

This head of the young god Bacchus, dated from the first half of the 2nd century AD, was found in late October 2005 during the excavation of a plot of land that the former Solà soap factory used to occupy on Carrer de Barcelona in Granollers.

Bacchus was the god of wine, orgies, ecstasy, tragedy and dance, the protector of theatre and a lover of peace. He was also the god of creativity. His attributes are easy to recognise: crowned with ivy and grape leaves, he is shaking a sticks with knots, the symbol of grapevines.

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