Maenad of Dionysis

  • Egypt
  • 1st century B.C. - 1st century A.D.
Catalogue Entry

This rectangular decorative panel show a white faced human mask set against a translucent grayish blue ground. Made from the alignment of two half faces. The forehead is wrapped in a head band and the head is topped with an ivy crown. These details are depicted in grayish green, red, green, yellow and dark purple. This face resembles that of Maenad, but the head band at the forehead could also suggest that this figure is Dionysos. Dionysos was the Greek god of wine and he was fervently worshipped throughout the Greek world. His rites were also linked to the theatre.