Bacchanalian Scene

Bacchanalian Scene

1–100 CE

Part of a set. See all set records


Overall: 16.5 x 53 cm (6 1/2 x 20 7/8 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1930.328.2

Did you know?

Silver striated vessels that were used as reliquaries are similar to the cup from which the second figure from the left drinks.


The pleated garments and crowns of laurels suggest that these six figures were intended to appear like Greco-Roman people from the Mediterranean world. The male figure at the far right carries a skin, presumably full of wine, next to another bearded man holding a large footed vessel. A woman with a palm leaf on her arm—a sign of victory—gestures suggestively toward a man playing a drum. At the far left a figure drinks wine from a cup that the man at the far left may have just filled from his pitcher.

See also
Type of artwork: 
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance, may not be currently accurate. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

All images and data available through Open Access can be downloaded for free. For images not available through Open Access, a detail image, or any image with a color bar, request a digital file from Image Services.