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A Roman Marble Dionysiac Sarcophagus Relief Fragment, circa A.D. 170/180
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A Roman Marble Dionysiac Sarcophagus Relief Fragment, circa A.D. 170/180
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A Roman Marble Dionysiac Sarcophagus Relief Fragment, circa A.D. 170/180
from the right end of a sarcophagus front panel depicting the triumphal and joyful return of Dionysos from India, carved in high relief from left to right with a youthful satyr standing frontally, wearing a chlamys, and formerly holding a lagobolon in his left hand, the head of an elephant behind him, and with Pan moving to right alongside a young satyr, a maenad in the background, the front legs of a galloping animal in low relief on the remains of the short side; no restorations.
54 by 37 cm.
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Provenance

4, The Ball, Dunster, Minehead, Somerset, where the relief was kept in a garden shed
C.F. Johns, acquired with the above property circa 1975 and later moved to the owner's residence in the West Country, where it was displayed on the wall
English private collection, acquired from the above (Bonhams, London, July 7th, 2016, no. 180, illus.; https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23364/lot/180/)

Catalogue Note

For a similar composition in the center of an Antonine sarcophagus in the Villa Medici in Rome see F. Matz, Die dionysischen Sarkophage (Die antiken Sarkophagreliefs, vol. IV,2), 1968, pp. 269ff., no. 130, pl. 158, 1.

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