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Cinerary urn of L. Cassius Colonus Colonianus

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This small, sarcophagus-like cinerary chest or urn shows Dionysus and his entourage watching Pentheus being slain by maenads (or by his mother, Agaue, and her sister, Ino). Dionysus is supported by a satyr; two additional satyrs, an old Silenos, a raving maenad, and a gnarled tree fill the...

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By 1964: with Ars Antiqua AG, Haldenstrasse 5, Lucerne, Switzerland (auction 5, Hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, November 7, 1964, lot 16); by 1972: with Royal Athena Gallery, 1000 Madison Avenue, New York 10028; purchased by MFA from Royal Athena Gallery, May 10, 1972

Credit Line

Benjamin and Lucy Rowland Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 200

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 243; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 112-113 (additional published references).


Height x width x depth: 37.2 (with lid) x 32.5 x 25 cm (14 5/8 x 12 13/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, dolomitic marble from the Greek island of Thasos


The Ancient World