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Cast no.39

Dublin Core


Cast no.39


Small procession-relief. Origin unknown.
Stone. Hellenistic or Roman. Location unknown.
6 1/2 x 22 in.
Not in Metropolitan cast catalogue.

The subject of this small relief, a Dionysiac/Bacchic festival, would have been an appropriate decoration for the edge of a sarcophagus-lid. At the right, grape vines twine overhead, and a satyr brings a basket of grapes to a vat in which another satyr tramples grapes. To the left of them, a fat elderly Silenos rides a horse or, more likely, a donkey towards the left. In front of this pair stands a woman, perhaps a maenad, then a tree covered with large-leaved vines, and, at the far left, a man and woman embrace.

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