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Marble statue of Dionysos seated on a panther

François Duquesnoy
Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st–2nd A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall: 56 3/8 in. (143.2 cm) Storage (weight on standard pallett): 843lb. (382.4kg)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Frederick F. Thompson, 1903
Accession Number:
03.12.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 617
The Latin inscription translates as:
Philetus, a freeman of the Augusti, willingly fulfilled his dedication to the Invincible God Serapis and Queen Isis (of this) small altar with (its) base and two statuettes for his own safety and that of Aurelia Quintiliana.
The reference to two emperors, as indicated by the abbreviation AVGG, suggests a date in the joint reign of Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, AD 161–9.
Inscription: INVICTO DEO
SERAPI ET ISIDI
REGINAE
PHILETVS AVGG
LIB PRO INCOLV-
MITATE SVA ET
AVRELIAE QVI-
NTILIANAE A-
RVLAM CVM BASI
ET SIGILLA DVO
VOTUM LIBES
SOLVIT

CIL VI.1, 574

On small altar
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 209, p. 107, pls. 148a-b, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Fusconi, Giulia. 2001. I Giustiniani e l'Antico : Palazzo Fontana di Trevi, Roma 26 ottobre 2001-27 gennaio 2002. cat. 25, pp. 259-64, pl. 25a, Roma: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Raggio, Olga. 2005. "A Giustiniani Bacchus and François Duquesnoy." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 40: pp. 20-21, 198-203, figs.1-2,4,7,9, pls. 21-22.

Abramitis, Dorothy H. 2005. "Conservation Report, "Bacchus Seated on a Panther." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 40: pp. 211-15, figs. 23-28, pls. 21-22.

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