Dionysus/Satyr - Frieze Fragment
This sculpted limestone head, either Dionysus or a Satyr, is a frieze fragment from the Roman Temple on the Tel. As such, it would have occupied a prominent position prior to the construction of the Round Church.
The object is carved as a face with overly large features, including droopy eyes and a flattened nose. Grape clusters adorn the top of the head. This sculpture is typical of temple ornamentation in Beth Shean prior to and during the Roman period.
Provenience: Pre-Byzantine Layer, N.W. area, Level III or IV, the Tel
Date: Late 2nd/ Early 3rd c. CE
Height: 25 cm
Width: 24.5 cm
Object Number: 29-107-919 (Field No. 3112)