Relief with Dancing Maenad

Inv. Scu 1094

The relief depicts a Maenad dancing under the influence of Dionysian inebriation.

The woman is wearing a cloak moved by the impetuous dance and a tunic that leaves both breasts bare; she is holding a knife in her right hand with which she has just sacrificed the goat she is holding in her left.

The slightly curved slab, most likely rested on a round base.

The images of the Maenads, of which nine main types are known, were very common in Rome starting from the end of the 2nd century BC.

The prototype can be traced to a model created in Athens at the end of the 5th century BC, attributed to the sculptor Callimachus.

This slab shows exceptional high quality plastic rendering of the relief and has been dated to the Augustan period (27 a.C.-14 d.C.) for this reason.

The work was found near Vigna Magnani.