Roman Marble Relief of a Maenad

Roman Marble Relief of a Maenad

An ancient Roman marble relief fragment depicting a draped maenad in contrapposto stance, her garment falling below her right shoulder, in her slender left hand she holds a thyrsos.

Ca. 1st - 2nd century AD.
Height: 15 1/2 in. (39.5 cm).

Maenads (also Bacchantes) were the frenzied female members of the retinue of Dionysos, the Greek god of wine and revelry (Roman: Bacchus). Maenads, literally "the raving ones," were often depicted in Greek art as wild and ecstatic women who indulged in sex, violence, and intoxication.

Formerly in a Nantucket private collection.

Inv#: 8170

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