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Relief depicting an harvesting scene with an hermaic pillar
Relief depicting an harvesting scene with an hermaic pillar - Ancient Art Style
Ref : 92959
24 000 €
Period :
BC to 10th century
Provenance :
Roman art , AD 2nd - 3rd century
Medium :
Marble
Dimensions :
l. 18.9 inch X H. 15.75 inch
Galerie David Ghezelbash

Ancien Art & Antiquities


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Relief depicting an harvesting scene with an hermaic pillar

This relief is a fragment of a sarcophagus adorned with a Dionysian scene.
Three men are harvesting. The one on the left is climbing a ladder to catch the bunches, the others are loaded with sacks full of grapes. On the left, a goat, an animal associated with the god Dionysius, is shown lying under the epitaph.
This harvest scene takes place on the back of a Hermaic pillar that can be clearly seen to the right of the relief.
This pillar certainly symbolizes the crossing point represented by the sarcophagus.
During the Roman period, Dionysian mythology was regularly chosen to decorate sarcophagi. It can be represented in various forms: dyonisiac procession, triumph of Dyonisos, grape harvest scene and its transformation into wine... This choice of iconography informs about the wish of the deceased to celebrate
the victory of Dyonisos over death.
The epitaph is certainly late. It probably dates from medieval or later times.

Galerie David Ghezelbash

CATALOGUE

Ancient Art