The triumph of Dionysus (the left part)The house of Dionysus. Late 2nd century CE. Paphos, Archaeological Park
The house of Dionysus. Late 2nd century CE.
Paphos, Archaeological Park
Pan, the god of the woods, half man, half goat, with coat’s horns on his forehead, is shown holding a pedum (shepherd’s crook) and a small shield. Behind him we see an Indian slave, easily recognisable by his dark skin and his hands tied behind his back. There follow two heavily draped Bacchantes, the female followers of Dionysos. The first Bacchante holds a libation bowl in her right hand, and the second, wearing an elaborate crown of flowers, holds a thyrsus in her right and the Dionysiac mystic cist in her left. Both thyrsus and cist are decorated with ivy leaves.
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