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).


Probably by 1970, Mohammad Yeganeh (dealer; b. 1929 - d. 2012), Frankfurt and London [see note]; 1977, sold by Mohammed Yeganeh to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 13, 1977)

NOTE: This comes from the same casket as the fragment sold by Yeganeh to the MFA in 1970 (accession no. 1970.491).

Credit Line

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