11 December 2003
A ROMAN MARBLE RELIEF
Circa 200 A.D.
From the left side of the front panel of a Dionysiac sarcophagus, sculpted in high relief, preserving from left to right: a young Satyr, his body twisted toward the flute in his raised left hand, nude but for an animal skin draped over his left shoulder, a diminutive Eros below with his arm over a lion, a bearded Silen to the right, holding a thyrsus, wrapped in a himation, bent forward and moving right, but looking back, followed by a maenad with a tambourine in her raised hands, her body twisted to the right, looking back, her right leg revealed within her loose garments, a mask of a satyr on the ground below, a youthful satyr with a tail to the right, a goat below, remnants of a tail to his right, likely from the panther or lioness upon which Dionysus triumphantly rides
35¾ in. (90.8 cm.) wide
with Consani, Florence, 1860s, acquired in Rome.
S. Pozzi Collection, Paris, late 19th century.
S. Pozzi; Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 26 June 1919, lot 365.
Jean Mikas, Paris, 1930s.
European Private Collection.
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F. Matz, Die Dionysischen Sarkophage., Berlin, 1969, pl. 186, fig. 77.
There is a smaller fragment from the right side of the front panel of this same sarcophagus in the Muzeum Narodowe in Krakow, Poland.
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