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Plaque with Dionysos, Ariadne, and Eros
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Plaque with Dionysos, Ariadne, and Eros

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Description Illustrated here is the mythological story of Dionysos, the Greek god of wine, discovering the sleeping nymph, Ariadne, with Eros (Cupid) alluding to their future roles as lovers. In Egypt, Dionysos was also considering a god of immortality, as suggested by his awakening or "bringing to life" of Ariadne. The Cupid alludes to the romantic subject matter as Dionysus and Ariadne became lovers after her abandonnement by Theseus on the Mediterranean island of Naxos. This half-moon plaque may have been used on a jewelry box or as furniture decoration for a wooden couch or bench.
Date Description Narrative
  • Beyond the Pharaohs: Egypt and the Copts in the Second to Seventh Centuries A.D.. Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1989.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, Constantinople, Paris, and New York, by purchase; Charles D. Kelekian, 1951, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1951, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1951

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4th-5th century (Late Antique)
(Ivory & Bone)
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2 3/16 x 3 11/16 x 1/8 in. (5.5 x 9.3 x 0.3 cm)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)


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