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Fragment of a marble relief with dancing maenads

Adaptation of work attributed to Kallimachos

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st–2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble, Pentelic
Dimensions:
H. 7 in. (17.8 cm.); width 17 1/4 in. (43.8); depth 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
21.88.12
  • Description

    Adaptation of a Greek relief of about 425–400 B.C. attributed to Kallimachos

    In myth and art the wine god, Dionysos, is accompanied by dancing women known as maenads. The most famous description of them comes from The Bacchae, a play by Euripides produced in Athens in the late fifth century B.C. The most famous representations are from a relief of dancing maenads carved at the same time. This small relief is a reduced copy dating from the Roman period.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, no. 59, p. 40, pl. 51b.

    Touchette, Lori-Ann. 1995. The Dancing Maenad Reliefs: Continuity and Change in Roman Copies, Bulletin Supplement, Vol. 62. London: Institute Of Classical Studies, no. 26, p. 75, pl. 20a.

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