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).


1970, sold by Mohammad Yeganeh (dealer; b. 1929 - d. 2012), Frankfurt, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 10, 1970)

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund