Stucco relief panel
2nd half of 1st century A.D.
Overall: 9 1/2 x 14 3/8 x 2 1/4 in. (24.1 x 36.5 x 5.7 cm)
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1892
Draped in a heavy cloak and with an elaborate hairdo, the woman reclines with one knee raised. Her left arm rests against a low support. A pillar from which a swag of drapery hangs is visible just behind her right shoulder and another slender, fluted column stands to the left. A long, thin palm-like branch sketched lightly in the background at the upper left must have been held by another figure, who was approaching the resting woman. Given the Dionysiac subject matter of the other reliefs, this scene may have shown the god as he discovered Ariadne, his future wife, while she was sleeping on the island of Naxos.
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