Fragmentary section of a casket with Triumph of Dionysos

Roman or Early Byzantine
Late Imperial or Early Byzantine Period
A.D. 350–400


H. (as preserved):10.5 cm, Circ. 26.5 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Fragment of the bottom of casket with Dionysos (now lost) led by a centaur wagon, and accompanied by maenads, satyrs, and pan, as well as Ariadne in her own wagon.

Above and below, heavy rope-fillet molding.

Details: Female centaurs (pulling the wagon on right end of 1970.491), she blows oliphant. Pan capers over shield (?) or enriched wineskin (?), a Maenad beyond holds a similar object in her outstretched hands. A satyr with nebris and panther-shorts (?) drags a panther to right by tail; he holds a pedum in left hand. At right, Maenad with covered kylix revels to right.

Note that an additional section of the casket was acquired in 1970 (1970.491).


By 1977: with Mohammad Yeganeh, 75a Ridgmount Gardens, London W.C. 1, England; purchased by MFA from Mohammad Yeganeh, April 13, 1977

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III, by exchange