London, South Kensington
15 May 2002
A ROMAN MARBLE SARCOPHAGUS 'DIONYSIAC' RELIEF
CIRCA 3RD CENTURY A.D.
The fragment cut with upper part of figure of horned Pan, holding his lagobolon and playing a syrinx, serenading a reclining figure of Ariadne, holding out a thyrsos, with broad swag below and a standing bird and fruits lower right, mounted
42¼ in. (82 cm.) long; 18¾ in. (47.5 cm.) high
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