Pepper shaker in the form of baby Dionysos

Roman
Imperial Period
about A.D. 200–250


Accession Number

1972.863

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tableware

Silver pepper shaker in the form of a chubby nude boy. He is seated, with right leg extended straight out and left leg bent. He reaches up with his right arm, bent at the elbow, and places his hand on top of his head. His left arm is largely hidden beneath drapery hanging over the shoulder.

Provenance

According to Reinach, Répertoire de la Statuaire, vol. 3, p. 34, no. 7: from Sidon and by 1899-1900: Serrure Collection; by 1971: with Mathias Komor, 19 East 71st Street, New York, N.Y. 10021; purchased by MFA from Mathias Komor, September 13, 1972

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund