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Silver handle from a serving dish

Mid-Imperial, Severan
early 3rd century A.D.
length (preserved) 22.71 cm
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1954
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
The handle depicts the triumphal return of Dionysus from India, an important aspect of the mystery cult, symbolizing triumph over death. The scene occurs frequently on contemporary Roman sarcophagi, but here the procession is shown in the context of Roman trophies, captives, and weapons.
[Until 1954, with Abdullah J. Hakim, Iran]; acquired in 1954, purchased from Abdullah J. Hakim.
Alexander, Christine. 1955. "A Roman Silver Relief: The Indian Triumph of Dionysos." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 14(3): pp. 64-7.

Harper, Prudence. 1965. "The Heavenly Twins." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 23(5): p. 189, fig. 3.

Strong, Donald. 1966. Greek and Roman Gold and Silver Plate. p. 171, pl. 47b, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

McCann, Anna Marguerite. 1978. Roman Sarcophagi in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. p. 88, fig. 99, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1984. "A Greek and Roman Treasury." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 42(1): no. 131, pp. 13-14, 77.

Baratte, Francois. 1984. "A propos d'une coupe en argent trouvée en Gaule: remarques sur une technique particulière dans l'orfèvrerie romaine." Revue du Nord, LXVI: pp. 225-226, fig. 6.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 464, pp. 395, 496, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

La Rocca, Eugenio, Claudio Parisi Presicce, and Annalisa Lo Monaco. 2015. L'età dell'angoscia : da Commodo a Diocleziano : 180-305 d.C. cat. n. V.4, pp. 290, 427, Rome: MondoMostre.

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