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Object number


Object type



Sarcophagus: Bacchic procession

Title Type

assigned by cataloguer


Was Fa 2 no.15
Bm 11 53.1 and 54.2 are catalogued together being drawings of the same sarcophagus
In the catalogue this was originally described as a Bacchic thiasos, now it has pencilled addition 'a procession'

Other number

Fa 3 Palazzo no. 15


Content (description)

On far right, a nude male, his foot raised on a stone, holds the collapsed figure of a child, resting its head on a tree trunk. The procession is led to right by a nude satyr, who carries a club and a wineskin on his shoulder. A draped Maenad follows, blowing a pipe, with a tiger running by her and looking back to Silenus, who is assisted by a satyr and a child. Then comes a maenad dancing, and another playing crotola in the background. On left nude Dionysus, holding a thyrsus and supported by a satyr, rides in a biga drawn by centaurs, one of whom plays a lyre, the other a horn. A putto stands on the back of the lyre player and holds the reins. A maenad dances in the background. In the foreground a fire burns on a pedestal. A putto fondles a recumbent lion beneath the raised hooves of the centaurs.

Content (object)



height (actual size): 379mm
width (actual size): 548mm


Campiglia Palazzo Mattei No. 15 written in ink on the back of the drawing

Inscription description

B N 15 written in pencil on the front of the drawing lower left

Materials & techniques note

black lead pencil on paper




History and association

Previous ownership


• RR (III ; 292.1)
• Matz (II ; no. 120: Palazzo Mattei)
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