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A maenad serving wine to Herakles

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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...

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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

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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

Catalogue Raisonné

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.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens


The Ancient World