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Garment Decoration ("Segmentum") with Figures Under an Arcade


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Description The popularity of the cult of Dionysus, which was initially introduced to Egypt by the early Ptolemy rulers in the 3rd century BC and continued into early Byzantine times (4th-7th century), resulted in numerous textiles, such as this garment panel featuring Dionysiac themes. The "segmentum" (ornamental tunic patch) depicts dancers involved in what was probably intended to be a Dionysiac dance to celebrate regeneration and rebirth. The commonly used grape vine border, which frames the central portion of the panel, also acts as an allusion to Dionysus and to renewal and prosperity associated with him.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
5/13/2013ExaminationExamined
Exhibitions
  • Seeing Music in Medieval Manuscripts. 2014.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
5th-6th century (Late Antique)
Medium
wool, linen
(Textiles)
Accession Number
83.485
Measurements
Overall H: 15 13/16 x W: 13 11/16 in. (40.2 x 34.8 cm); Left fragment (A) H: 15 3/4 x W: 1 9/16 in. (40 x 3.9 cm); Top fragment (B) H: 4 x W: 12 3/16 in. (10.2 x 30.9 cm); Bottom fragment (C) H: 3 1/8 x W: 9 7/16 in. (8 x 24 cm); Right fragment (D) H: 11 x W: 1 9/16 in. (27.9 x 4 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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