Relief, architectural or votive, with two figures. At the left is a Maenad in belted chiton, pinned at the shoulders. A doe's skin is pinned on her right shoulder. She holds an oinochoe in her lowered right hand and a staff (thyrsos ?) in raised left hand. Herakles at the right is nude and...
Relief, architectural or votive, with two figures. At the left is a Maenad in belted chiton, pinned at the shoulders. A doe's skin is pinned on her right shoulder. She holds an oinochoe in her lowered right hand and a staff (thyrsos ?) in raised left hand. Herakles at the right is nude and carries the skin of the Nemean Lion on his left arm. He reaches out with a kantharos (two-handled wine cup with tall body and foot and vertical handles) toward pitcher. The heads have been lost. Scientific Analysis: Harvard Lab No. HI749: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.46 / delta18O -6.41, Attribution - Pentelikon, Justification - White, fine grained marble.
According to MFA Sculpture in Stone and Bronze, entry no. 32: from about 1949 to 1960 seen at Spink and Son, London, where it seems to have been since before the Second World War, when it belonged to the British branch of an old aristocratic Sicilian family; between 1960 and 1978: in the possession of, or on consignment to, various collectors and dealers in London, New York, and Tokyo; by 1978: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel (Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Catalogue of 1978 Basel Antiquities Fair, no. 310 [said to have been in the Avery Brundage Collection for a time]); by 1983: with Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., 1334 York Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10021; purchased by MFA from Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., January 18, 1984
Gift of Moses Alpers, Mrs. Harvey H. Bundy, Mrs. William H. Claflin III, Joseph Edinburgh, Mrs. Laurence B. Ellis, Mr. and Mrs. De Coursey Fales, Jr., Dr. Ernest Kahn, Dr. Josephine Murray, Mrs. Benjamin Rowland, Jr., Adrian Vermeule, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Weld, Dr. Leonard Wolsky by their contributions to the Classical Department Curator's Fund
Roman, Imperial Period, Hadrianic, A.D. 117–138
Place of Manufacture
Athens, Attica, Greece
Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 032.
Overall: 79 x 58cm (31 1/8 x 22 13/16in.) Mount (3/16" thick contoured steel base plate/two side securement tabs): 0.5 x 65.6 x 10.2 cm (3/16 x 25 13/16 x 4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens