Fragmentary section of casket with Triumph of Dionysos

Roman
Late Imperial Period
about A.D. 350–400


Catalogue Raisonné

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

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

1970.491

Medium or Technique

Silver, beaten rather than cast

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

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).

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund