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151, Ariadne deserted by Theseus. Theseus' fleet disappears; one boat with two oarsmen and decorated with two hippocamps; the other, decorated with scrolls, with three warriors with helmets and shields. Ariadne, in a dress which leaves one breast bare, stands on the shore raising a hand to them; a small dolphin in the sea before her, a tree behind and before her, with a small deer? feeding on one of them. Behind her comes young Bacchus, in a chariot drawn by two horned, goat-legged satyrs, while two others beyond play pipes and clash cymbals. The god is wreathed, with flowers at his waist, and holds bunches of grapes. His chariot is decorated with tendrils and crescents. A fish in the waves below

  • Record Number: 40004716
  • Sub-database: Marlborough
  • Reference Number: 151
  • Material of Original Gem: Agate
  • Description: Ariadne deserted by Theseus. Theseus' fleet disappears; one boat with two oarsmen and decorated with two hippocamps; the other, decorated with scrolls, with three warriors with helmets and shields. Ariadne, in a dress which leaves one breast bare, stands on the shore raising a hand to them; a small dolphin in the sea before her, a tree behind and before her, with a small deer? feeding on one of them. Behind her comes young Bacchus, in a chariot drawn by two horned, goat-legged satyrs, while two others beyond play pipes and clash cymbals. The god is wreathed, with flowers at his waist, and holds bunches of grapes. His chariot is decorated with tendrils and crescents. A fish in the waves below
  • Last Recorded Collection: Unknown
  • Previous Collections:
    • Story-Maskelyne, M.H.: The Marlborough Gems (1870): no. 191
    • Boardman, J., Scarisbrick, D., Wagner C., Zwierlein-Diehl, E: The Marlborough Gems (2009): no. 151
  • Size: 47x40
  • Comments: Set in an 18th-century gold pendant.
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