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The Rape of Ganymede
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The Rape of Ganymede


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Description Zeus in the guise of an eagle is about to carry off Ganymede to Mount Olympus to be cupbearer to the gods. The boy, shown falling to his knees and raising his hand in alarm, wears a Phrygian cap, trousers, and cloak. He holds a "pedum," or shepherd's staff, but has dropped his shield, visible at the lower right. The upper left corner and part of the bottom are missing, and the plaque is cracked along the lower left side. The relief probably decorated a cosmetic or jewelry box, its four edges originally sliding under and retained by the framing panels of the box. The subject was very popular in ivory and other mateirals in Roman art. Typologically, this plaque is related to Walters 71.593.
Exhibitions
  • Flight, Fantasy, Faith, Fact. Dayton Art Institute, Dayton. 1953-1954.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, Paris and New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [said to be from Alexandria, Egypt]; Henry Walters , Baltimore, 1909, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1909

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Period
3rd-4th century
Medium
ivory
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.596
Measurements
H: 2 9/16 x W: 2 3/16 in. (6.5 x 5.5 cm)
Geography
  • Egypt, Alexandria (Place of Discovery)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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