Dionysos (fragment from a hanging)

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


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave with wool tapestry insertions

Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts



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.


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

Credit Line

Charles Potter Kling Fund