Fragmentary section of casket with Triumph of Dionysos

Late Imperial Period
about A.D. 350–400

Catalogue Raisonné

Arretine Pottery (MFA), pls. 39-40.


Height x width: 4 3/4 x 1 1/4 in. (12 x 3.2 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver, beaten rather than cast

Not On View


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 1977 (1977.170).


By 1970: with Mohammad Yeganeh, Antiken, Telemannstrasse 5, 6 Frankfurt am Main, Germany; purchased by MFA from Mohammad Yeganeh, November 10, 1970

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund