Dionysus, the god of wine, is portrayed frontal, looking forward. His hair is tied with a thick fillet with two rows of locks across his forehead. He has a long moustache and a square beard composed of curving locks. The face with arched eyebrows, large eyes sockets, pronounced cheeks, straight nose and a smiling mouth with fleshy lips. The Archaistic head is inspired by the Greek Archaic style, frontal and frozen, with stylized features and smiling mouth. It has a strong and majestic expression.

Reference: Cf. Anderson M. L., Nista L. (Eds.), Radiance in Stone. Sculptures in Colored Marble from the Museo Nazionale Romano, De Luca Edizioni d’Arte, Rome, 1989, p.72, fig. 9.