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Bacchic sarcophagus

Title Type

assigned by cataloguer


Bm 10. 22 and 23 are catalogued together being continuous drawings of the same sarcophagus


Content (description)

In the centre stands Dionysus, half-draped and wearing a vinewreath, with his arm round Ariadne on left. She is draped and holds a thyrsus. From behind Dionysus, a bearded male, wearing a loin cloth, moves to right, where a satyr empties a wineskin into a garlanded krater, watched by a panther on right, sitting with its forepaw raised. Three satyrs stand in the background, one of them holding a jug and a cup. Two smaller satyrs approach from left, one blowing a trumpet. On far left two maenads move right, one playing crotola, the other carrying a vase. Then Pan, with a wreath across his torso and a skin tied round his waist, moves right but looks at the spectator. A maenad behind him in the background also looks at the viewer. A fourth maenad moves right, playing the tympanum by Ariadne.

Content (object)



height (actual size): 410mm
width (actual size): 544mm


Campiglia Marmor in Monte Palatino nuper effossum et nunc in aedibus Cardinalis de Polignac asservatum written in ink on the back of the drawing

Inscription description

C.D.P written in pencil on the front of the drawing lower left

Materials & techniques note

black lead pencil on paper




History and association

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