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1805,0703.130

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  • Front of a Roman sarcophagus, of fine-grained white marble, probably from Carrara; the marriage procession of Bacchus and Ariadne. The chariot of Bacchus and Ariadne is drawn by two centaurs playing a lyre and pipes and guided by a cupid perched on the lyre-player's back. Bacchus, lounging beneath a small parasol, pours wine into a bowl held by a satyr standing at the corner of the sarcophagus. Ariadne plays with a garland slung across the body of Bacchus. Behind the centaurs is a bareheaded woman carrying a liknon filled with fruit, the cover of which has been blown off. A dancing goat-legged Pan has kicked the lid off the cista mystica, releasing the snake. His hand is restored holding pipes. Next to him a dancing satyr, seen from the front, waves a wineskin above his head. He is flanked by a whirling maenad, also shown moving towards the viewer, whose hands, missing in the Renaissance, have been wrongly restored holding a bunch of grapes. The next figure, a dancing satyr, leaning backwards, is new, and probably replaced a satyr seen from the back blowing pipes. Behind him a maenad, shown in profile, runs to the right, holding a thyrsus. A drunken Silenus follows, perched on a donkey and supported by a satyr with his foot on a rock. A satyr carrying a pedum encourages their progress. The movement to the right is broken by a frontal figure of a naked maenad holding a tympanum above her head. A satyr dances towards her from the right. The small child holding grapes is new.

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  • Front of a Roman marble sarcophagus: The marriage procession of Bacchus and Ariadne.

    Full: Front

  • Front of a Roman marble sarcophagus: The marriage procession of Bacchus and Ariadne.

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  • Front of a Roman marble sarcophagus: The marriage procession of Bacchus and Ariadne.

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  • Roman marble sarcophagus (interior view).

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  • Front of a Roman sarcophagus, of fine-grained white marble, probably from Carrara; the marriage procession of Bacchus and Ariadne. The chariot of Bacchus and Ariadne is drawn by two centaurs playing a lyre and pipes and guided by a cupid perched on the lyre-player's back. Bacchus, lounging beneath a small parasol, pours wine into a bowl held by a satyr standing at the corner of the sarcophagus. Ariadne plays with a garland slung across the body of Bacchus. Behind the centaurs is a bareheaded woman carrying a liknon filled with fruit, the cover of which has been blown off. A dancing goat-legged Pan has kicked the lid off the cista mystica, releasing the snake. His hand is restored holding pipes. Next to him a dancing satyr, seen from the front, waves a wineskin above his head. He is flanked by a whirling maenad, also shown moving towards the viewer, whose hands, missing in the Renaissance, have been wrongly restored holding a bunch of grapes. The next figure, a dancing satyr, leaning ba… (See Merlin record for full description)

    Detail: Other

  • Front of a Roman sarcophagus, of fine-grained white marble, probably from Carrara; the marriage procession of Bacchus and Ariadne. The chariot of Bacchus and Ariadne is drawn by two centaurs playing a lyre and pipes and guided by a cupid perched on the lyre-player's back. Bacchus, lounging beneath a small parasol, pours wine into a bowl held by a satyr standing at the corner of the sarcophagus. Ariadne plays with a garland slung across the body of Bacchus. Behind the centaurs is a bareheaded woman carrying a liknon filled with fruit, the cover of which has been blown off. A dancing goat-legged Pan has kicked the lid off the cista mystica, releasing the snake. His hand is restored holding pipes. Next to him a dancing satyr, seen from the front, waves a wineskin above his head. He is flanked by a whirling maenad, also shown moving towards the viewer, whose hands, missing in the Renaissance, have been wrongly restored holding a bunch of grapes. The next figure, a dancing satyr, leaning ba… (See Merlin record for full description)

    Detail: Other