Marble & Sparagmos
Cinerary Urn of Lucius Cassius Colonus Colonianus
Roman Imperial Period, about A.D. 200
Dolomitic marble from the Greek island of Thasos
This small, sarcophagus-like cinerary chest or urn shows Dionysus and his entourage watching Pentheus being slain by maenads (or by his mother, Agaue, and her sister, Ino). Dionysus is supported by a satyr; two additional satyrs, an old Silenos, a raving maenad, and a gnarled tree fill the vertical space. The lid shows a bearded Silenos reclining to the right and a maenad in similar posture to the left. An Eros brings a wreath to one, while a second Eros is offering a beaker to the other, all in a schema taken from the lids of Season sarcophagi.
The inscription reads::
D(is) M(anibus) L(uci) Cassi Coloni Coloniani eq(uitis) R(omani)/vixit ann(is) XXXV
“To the spirits of the dead of Lucius Cassius Colonus Colonianus, a Roman eques; he lived thirty-five years.”