Dionysos (fragment from a hanging)

Possibly from Egypt
Late Antique period
4th–5th century


Dimensions

139 x 79 cm (54 3/4 x 31 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1973.290

Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave with wool tapestry insertions

Not On View

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Polychrome wool yarns on linen. Nimbed Dionysus (inscription above head: DIONYCOC) against purple ground. Legs crossed, right arm raised to head, left arm holding a cornucopia, nude except for mantle draped over left arm and right ankle, and seated within an apse decorated with gold-colored squares interspersed with green leaves. Fragment of entablature to left; fragment of spotted panther at lower right. Condition: very fragmentary.

Provenance

1973, sold by Frederique Tchacos, Paris, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1973)

Credit Line

Charles Potter Kling Fund