A Roman marble double-faced revolving panel
Circa 1st-2nd Century A.D.
The primary face carved in high relief with two profile heads, the left representing the youthful Dionysos with feminine features and thick luxuriant hair, facing the head of a heavily bearded satyr with furrowed brows, pointed ears and a mass of wavy hair, his beard falling in corkscrew curls, the tips trailing onto the curved throwing stick, 'pedum', below, two castanets hang from the stick falling onto the ground-line in the foreground; the reverse carved in low relief with a sea-monster, 'ketos', riding atop the waves shown in ridged layers, its head turned back towards its undulating fish-like body with fishy tail, its dog-like muzzle open to show the prominent teeth, with fin-like gills below the jaw, long ears, fins and a crest on the neck and body and lion's forelegs, set within a recess with a rectangular border, centrally pierced through the top and bottom for rotation, 14¾in. (37.5cm.) diam., 97/8in. (25cm.) high, some minor chips, one strand of hair and the lower lip repaired on the head of Dionysos
- For other rectangular panels carved on both sides but with theatre masks, cf. Pompeii AD79, Royal Academy of Arts Picadilly London, 20 November 1976 27 February 1977, nos.79, 80 & 84.