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[Maenads with thyrsi dance in a ring around the ancient wooden statue of Dionysus.]

Image ID: 1624653

[Maenads with thyrsi dance in a ring around the ancient wooden statue of Dionysus.] (1894)

Image Details

Image Title

:  [Maenads with thyrsi dance in a ring around the ancient wooden statue of Dionysus.]

Published Date

: 1894

Specific Material Type

: prints

Item Physical Description

: 1 print ; b&w ; 39 x 40 cm.

Notes

: A "maenad" was a female follower or priestess of Dionysus (Roman name Bacchus), the god of wine. A "thyrsus" (plural "thyrsi") is a staff decorated with a pine-cone like object at one end, carried by worshippers of Dionysus. The altar is splashed with the blood of small creatures (one celebrant carries a fawn) captured and torn to pieces by the god's disciples in their revels. An "acroterion" is a piece of something that comes to a point ....
[See More...] Note 2.) Note that one worshipper carries a wine bowl while another plays a double flute ("aulos"). Note 3.) Written under image: "Maenads with thyrsi, one also carries a fawn, dance in a ring around the ancient wooden statue, or post, of Dionysus. He wears a necklace of dried figs and from his shoulders branch out ivy and vine branches and honeycombs threaded on by [sic] ivy sprays. Dionysus' altar is blood soaked. His acroterion is decorated with a seated figure of himself."

Original Source

: From Greek vase paintings. (London Unwin 1894) Harrison, Jane Ellen (1850-1928), Author.

Source

: Wonders: Images of the Ancient World / Mythology -- Bacchus

Source Description

: 1 folder (1 picture) ; 1 oversize folder (2 pictures)

Location

: Mid-Manhattan Library / Picture Collection

Catalog Call Number

: PC-WON OX MYT-Bac

Digital ID

: 1624653

Record ID

: 1763260

Digital Item Published

: 5-22-2008; updated 3-25-2011

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