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Object number


Object type



Sarcophagus: bacchic thiasos

Title Type

assigned by cataloguer


was Fa 2 no. 2

Other number

Fa 3 no. 2


Content (description)

A wine vat sarcophagus with lion masks in the top left and right corners. Beneath the mask on right lies Ariadne, holding a putto in one arm, while an infant Pan and putto look on. The putto stretches an arm towards Dionysus, who stands with legs crossed leaning on Pan in a decorated carriage. He has vines among his hair, an ivy garland across his torso, and he stretches out a handful of grapes in front of a maenad, who plays the crotola in the background on right. A prancing bearded centaur draws the carriage, holding a whisk(?) over his head and a krater in his left hand. Beneath him are a putto with a garland of grapes, a tiger and a horse(?); in the background is a satyr holding grapes and a pedum. Facing this centaur stands a young centaur with a skin over his shoulder, holding a roll-like object at which gapes Pan, who stands in the centre background holding a wine skin on his shoulders. By the feet of the young centaur are two tigers, which move right but look at the viewer and smile broadly. A satyr, holding a pedum, moves right in the background. On left stands nude Dionysus, with garlands across his body and in his hair and holding a thyrsus; he points right but looks left, his foot resting on a recumbant tiger. Pan, open-mouthed, supports him. Beneath the lion mask on left, a bearded male kneels on the ground, his hand resting on an overturned jar. A putto stands by him with a goat and a dog.

Content (object)


Content (note)

Palazzo Massimi


height (actual size): 493mm
width (actual size): 754mm


Ciferri Palazzo Massimi no. 2 written in ink on the back of the drawing

Inscription description

Palaz.zo Massimi N.2 written in pencil on front of drawing lower left

Materials & techniques note

red chalk on paper





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