"Poeme de la Vigne"

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This vase is a colossal wine pitcher covered in figures associated with the Roman god of wine, Bacchus. These include cupids, satyrs, bacchantes, Silenus (Bacchus’s drunken attendant) and Diana (goddess of the hunt, associated with woodlands and wild animals) who together protect the grapes from pests like a giant spider, snakes, a rat and insects. The title is French for "poem of the vine."

The sculpture was commissioned by French winemakers who exhibited it at the 1878 Paris World’s Fair. This bronze version was cast in 1882 and shipped to Chicago for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. After that it travelled here to San Francisco for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition where Michael H. de Young purchased it and later donated it to the de Young Museum.

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Near the north end of the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park's Music Concourse. Placed between Arthur Putnam's two white concrete sphinxes.

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