Metropolitan Museum of Art Cast Collection
 

Description

Plaster cast of a relief depicting a Maenad, attributed to Callimachus. Original is a Roman copy(120–140 C.E.) of a Greek original (late 5th century B.C.E.), housed in the Museo del Prado, Spain.

Publication Date

1978

Type of Artwork

Relief

Time Period/Geographical Region

Ancient Greece

Height (cm/in)

154.94 cm / 61 in

Width (cm/in)

76.2 cm / 30 in

Depth (cm/in)

13.97 cm / 5.5 in

Disciplines

Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Sculpture

Comments

This is one of four reliefs made to adorn a monument dedicated to Dionysius, Greco-Roman god of the vine, grape harvest, winemaking, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, and theater. The woman depicted is a Maenad, a female follower of the Dionysian cult who would be inspired by the god to dance themselves into an ecstatic frenzy during sacred rites. The term "maenad" translates to "mad woman," as during the rites the women would enter a crazed, feverish trance. This Maenad, dressed in thin, flowing drapery, holds a thyrsus, a staff wrapped in ivy leaves and tipped with leaves and pine cones, and a crown of woven vines and ivy leaves in her flowing hair.

This is a Roman copy of a Greek original sculpture. The Romans admired many Greek works and made copies and reproductions in different media. Sometimes, the Roman copy is the only object that survives. This particular cast seems to have been made from a complete Roman copy at the Prado Museum in Madrid. There is a partial (cracked) Roman copy of the same relief at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Files

Download

Download Image (162 KB)

Dancing Maenad (Relief II)

Share

Book Location

 
COinS
 
 

To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.