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Dionysos and maenad

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Only the body and right leg of Dionysos (perhaps once a Priapos figure) and the body and left knee of the maenad are ancient. Her right hand and wrist remain on Priapos's draped back. The surfaces are somewhat worn and slightly weathered. They have a light yellow to buff color. Graeco-Roman...

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By 1833: seen by Count Clarac in the Smith Barry Collection, at Marbury Hall, Cheshire; in 1873: seen by Adolf Michaelis at Marbury Hall (A. Michaelis, Ancient Marbles in Great Britain [1882], p. 502, no. 4); by 1946: late Lord Barrymore Collection; 1946: with Sotheby (sold at auction, July 29, 1946 [cited in C. C. Vermeule, AJA 59, 1955, p. 142]); by 1966: Kevorkian Foundation Collection; 1966: with Parke-Bernet, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10021 (Parke-Bernet auction of Kevorkian Foundation Collection, February 25-26, 1966, lot 270); 1966: with Jerome M. Eisenberg, 1000 Madison Avenue, New York (Art of the Ancient World 2, p. 97, illus.); by 1968: Paul E. Manheim Collection; gift of Paul E. Manheim to MFA, December 11, 1968

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Gift of Paul E. Manheim

Roman, Imperial Period, about 1st–2nd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 196; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 112 (additional published references).


Height: 81 cm (31 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, Greek island (?). Most of the restorations are in the same marble, but some are in Greek mainland marble. The plinth may be Italian (Luna) marble.


The Ancient World