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Sarcophagus: putti and maenads

Title Type

assigned by cataloguer


From the Palazzo Barberini
Was Fa 2 no.153
Bn 26.1,27.2, 28.3 are catalogued together being drawings of different views of the same sarcophagus

Other number

Fa 3 no. 153


Content (description)

26: front. At each end of the front is a lion head above a cluster of acanthus leaves. In the centre two scantily-draped putti, one carrying a thyrsos and crotola, the other an upturned vine cornucopia, move to right towards a tall pedestal, on which rests a goat's head. On right of the pedestal a half-draped maenad plays the double pipes, her body violently twisted to left. On right two putti move away from one another; the one on right holds Pan pipes and a pedum, the other perhaps a tympanum. Between their feet, respectively, lie crotola and a satyr head with a pedum. On left a draped maenad with crotola and a nude putto with a pedum face one another. Two baskets of fruit stand on the ground by their feet.
27: right end. A nude putto holding a vine cluster in each hand moves to right towards a tree, in the branches of which a vine is entwined, and at the foot of which stands a tall basket full of grapes.
28: left end. A winged putto with a cloak round his neck and holding a pedum on his right arm, treads grapes in a shallow vat decorated with an ivy tendril and waves to right.

Content (object)



height (actual size): 488mm
width (actual size): 372mm


Ciferri Palazzo Barberini No. 153 written in ink on the back of the drawing

Inscription description

D N. 153 written in pencil on the front of the drawing lower left

Materials & techniques note

red chalk on paper





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image 148007
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