The Bacchus space

As expected in such a context, the owner commissioned a seduction scene. Each medallion features a Satyr attempting to win a Bacchante: from left to right and top to bottom, the first four medallions represent resistance scenes: An exhibitionist and enterprising Satyr grabs the Bacchante and tries to force her to sit on his lap, and to undress her against her will.
The last four scenes feature a much less aggressive environment: two dancing scenes, Bacchante sitting on Satyr’s lap and finally an invitation scene, where the Bacchante, back and buttocks uncovered, invites the Satyr to follow her to a conclusion!

Océan, satyre et bacchante


Satyr and Bacchante also accompanied Dionysus / Bacchus, also very much honoured in Hadrumetum. He is depicted on a magnificent mosaic panel, which decorated the left wing of a living room in a Roman house, dating back to the 3rd century. In a frame at the corners craters out of which stick vine shoots, encircling grape pickers Bacchoi, ducks, thrushes and partridges.

It can be stated that this is one of the finest representations, celebrating the Indian triumph of Dionysus. Young and beardless, seated on a chariot with two wheels, he lifts the winner’s bust. Wearing a long-sleeved dress, he holds in his right hand a long spear. At his side, slightly above, a naked Victory with wings spread, holding a palm with pointed leaves. In the middle of the panel, a pretty bacchante strikes a tambourine provided with crab legs. Four tigers preceded by a satyr, pull the car obediently. Another satire closes the procession. Below, a panther drinks in a kantharos, and opposite a lion is ridden by infant Dionysus.


Ocean, satyr and Bacchante

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