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Sarcophagus with Triumph of Dionysus

Sarcophagus with Triumph of Dionysus

Marble (from the island of Proconnesus, Turkey)


Dionysus, also known as Bacchus, was the god of wine and drama. He is one of the most frequently depicted gods in ancient art and is often shown in the company of mythological beings like satyrs, silens, and maenads as well as such animals as lions, panthers, and snakes. The inclusion of an elephant-drawn chariot and a giraffe in the procession identify the scene as the god's triumphal return from spreading his cult to India. Dionysiac imagery frequently occurs in Roman funerary art, and may reflect the beliefs of the deceased.


William Francis Warden Fund, 1972 1972.650

(from the display card)

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Taken on May 3, 2008