Period: Late Imperial, Gallienic
Date: 3rd quarter of 3rd century A.D.
Medium: Marble, Pentelic
Dimensions: Overall: 21 3/4 x 77 1/4 x 22 1/2 in. (55.3 x 196.2 x 57.2 cm)
Classification: Stone Sculpture
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1910
Accession Number: 10.104
On the front, the deities Athena, Zeus, and Hera, assembled at the far left, preside over a musical contest between the Muses and Sirens. The Muses, associated with man's highest intellectual and artistic aspirations, are defeating the Sirens, creatures that are half woman and half bird who lured men to destruction with their song. On each side is a rampant greyhound, the coat of arms of the Del Nero family, probably added in the seventeenth century.