Fragmentary section of casket with Triumph of Dionysos
Late Imperial Period
about A.D. 350–400
Arretine Pottery (MFA), pls. 39-40.
Height x width: 4 3/4 x 1 1/4 in. (12 x 3.2 cm)
Medium or Technique
Silver, beaten rather than cast
Not On View
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).
1970, sold by Mohammad Yeganeh (dealer; b. 1929 - d. 2012), Frankfurt, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 10, 1970)
Otis Norcross Fund