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Marble statuette of Dionysos

Early Hellenistic
early 3rd century B.C.
H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1959
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 163
The god wears Thracian boots, a short chiton, a belted panther skin, and a goatskin worn like a cape, with the forelegs of the goat wrapped around his arms. He can perhaps be identified as Dionysos Melanaigis (of the Black Goatskin), whose cult was introduced into Attica from Boeotia. Pausanias (II.35.1), second century A.D. author of a guide to Greece, mentions a temple to Dionysos Melanaigis in Methana on the Saronic Gulf and states that a music competition was held there in the god's honor every year and that prizes were awarded for swimming races and boat races.
Said to have been found at Koukouvaones in Attica

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1961. "Etruscan, Greek, and Roman: Sculptures in the Recent Accessions Room." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 19(6): p. 183, fig. 3.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981. Aara-Aphlad, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 1. Aigis, no. 7, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Himmelmann, Nikolaus. 1986. "Eine fruhhellenistische Dionysos-Statuette aus Attika." Studien zur klassischen Archäologie : Friedrich Hiller zu seinem 60. Geburtstag am 12. März 1986, Karin Braun and Andreas Furtwängler, eds. pp. 43-54, Saarbrücken: Universität des Saarlandes.

Bonanome, Daniela. 1995. Il rilievo da Mondragone nel Museo nazionale di Napoli. pp. 176-8, fig. 89, Napoli: Arte Tipografica.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 238, pp. 204, 451, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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