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Title
Maenads with thyrsi dance in a ring around the ancient wooden statue of Dionysus.
Collection

Wonders: Images of the Ancient World

Mythology -- Bacchus

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1894
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection
Shelf locator: PC-WON MYT-Bacc
Topics
Mythology
Dionysus (Greek deity)
Flute players
Deer
Altars
Thyrsus
Greeks -- Clothing & dress -- To 499
Idols
Notes
Source note: From
Content: 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, in this case the decoration on the altar.
Content: Note that one worshipper carries a wine bowl while another plays a double flute ("aulos").
Content: 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."
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print ; b ; 39 x 40 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ad8633f0-c5be-012f-6abb-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1894: Issued
  • 2020: Digitized
  • 2021: Found by you!
  • 2022

MLA Format

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Maenads with thyrsi dance in a ring around the ancient wooden statue of Dionysus." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1894. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-6436-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Chicago/Turabian Format

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Maenads with thyrsi dance in a ring around the ancient wooden statue of Dionysus." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 27, 2021. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-6436-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. (1894). Maenads with thyrsi dance in a ring around the ancient wooden statue of Dionysus. Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-6436-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Wikipedia Citation

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