Dancing Maenad relief
- Dancing Maenad relief
- Cornell Cast Collection
- Mericle, Danielle
- ca. 1890-1900
1st or 2nd c. CE (Roman copy)
late 5th c. BCE (Greek original)
- Unknown (original)
- 726 University Avenue, Cornell University
previously, Goldwin Smith Hall basement 48 (dendro lab)
- ID Number:
- Accession Number:
- possibly Sage no. 266
409 (incised on front)
266 (modern sticker on back)
- File Name:
- Original Measurements:
- 42.5 (H) x 22.7 (W) x 1.5 (D) cm
- Roman, after Greek
- Roman Imperial, neo-Attic, after Greek Classical
- Work Type:
- casts (sculpture)
- plaster cast (sculpture)
marble sculpture in relief (original)
- Image View Type:
- Image View Description:
- from front
- 43.7 x 23.3 x 1.5-3.8 (centimeters, height x width x diameter)
- This is a cast of a relief of an ecstatic maenad held in the British Museum, a Roman copy of a late fifth century BCE Greek original. Eight or nine maenads are attributed to the same original Classical monument. The maenads were copied widely in the Roman period, on different scales and with figures variously arranged. This maenad is identified as type 25 (see Touchette, p. 5). She is depicted in profile with her torso turned to three-quarter view, facing and moving towards the viewer's left. Her intricately rendered, billowing drapery has slipped to expose her left breast. She holds a long dagger in her right hand, which is bent up behind her head. In her left hand, she carries the severed hindquarters of a very small goat or kid. Her hair is wrapped in a sakkos and she looks down at the ground. The original monument from which this and the other maenads from the series came can be securely associated with Dionysos, but its form remains the subject of scholarly debate, with some suggesting that the figures belonged to a tripod base commemorating a choregic victory, some that they decorated an altar, and some that they adorned the base of a cult statue of Dionysos. It also remains unknown whether the base or altar was circular, three, or four sided. Cornell holds two distinct copies of this maenad in its cast collection, this one from the British Museum and the other (ID no. 781) from the Villa Albani in Rome.
- Items in the Cornell Cast Collection are meant for inventory and reference purposes. Metadata may not be complete in all cases.
no. 1805,0703.131 and Sculpture 2194
- Lori-Ann Touchette, The Dancing Maenad Reliefs, BICS Supplement 62 (London, 1995), 5-30, 74, no. 24, pl. 19b.
Werner Fuchs, Die Vorbilder der neuattischen Reliefs. Jahrbuch des deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Suppl. 20 (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1959), 74, no. 4, pl.
- Related Work:
- See ID no. 781 for a second Roman copy of the same figure.
- Cornell University (current)
London, British Museum (original)
- Collecting Program:
- Cornell Collections of Antiquities
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