Roman - Small Altar with Dionysiac Reliefs, 2nd century AD-3rd century AD

Roman

Small Altar with Dionysiac Reliefs, 2nd century AD-3rd century AD

Pentelic marble (?), 67.5 x 37 x 40.5 cm (26 9/16 x 14 9/16 x 15 15/16 in.) overall

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Accession number

S16s23

Provenance

Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from the connoisseur and art dealer Stefano Bardini (1836-1922), Florence for about 1,200 lire on 6 October 1897.

Bibliography

Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 109. (Roman)
“Notes, Records, Comments.” Gardner Museum Calendar of Events 6, no. 15 (9 Dec. 1962), p. 2.
“Notes, Records, Comments.” Gardner Museum Calendar of Events 9, no. 9 (31 Oct. 1965), p. 2.
Cornelius C. Vermeule III et al. Sculpture in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1977), pp. 41-42, no. 56. (Roman, probably 2nd or 3rd century AD)
Olaf Dräger. Religionem significare: Studien zu reich verzierten römischen Altären und Basen aus Marmor (Mainz, 1994), pp. 167-73, nos. 100.1-.3.


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