Description An antefix is the decorative end of a roof tile. This one depicts a balding Silenus, a mythological creature that is half man, half beast. He has pointed goat's ears, a fleshy face with a large, bulbous nose, and wears an animal-skin cloak knotted under his long beard. Made in a mold, it was originally framed in a shell-shaped plaque and painted red, white, and black.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902
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