Facings for a Couch (Primary Title)
These bone reliefs belonged to an elaborately decorated couch with an iron substructure and, probably, a wooden frame. Carbonization on a number of other pieces from the couch as well as parallels from burials suggest that this couch was included in the cremation of a wealthy Roman. These fragments show Dionysiac motifs such as a panther (an animal sacred to Dionysos) and wine jars; the erotes (named for Eros, god of desire) also bear torches pointed downward, a position associated with death. These funerary couches are similar to domestic ones and may have been used in the home prior to cremation.
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund
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