Marble statue of Dionysos seated on a panther

François Duquesnoy

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 634

The Latin inscription translates as:

Philetus, a freedman 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 161–69.

Marble statue of Dionysos seated on a panther, François Duquesnoy, Marble, Roman

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