Ivory decorative plaque


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152

This plaque illustrates a mythological subject related to the advent of the god Dionysos in Greece. Because the two daughters of King Proitos of Argos refused to recognize his divinity, they were driven mad and committed violent and unseemly acts until they were healed by the seer Melampos. Here, in their madness, they have unpinned their clothes and stand partially naked.

#1010. Ivory decorative plaque

Ivory decorative plaque, Ivory, Greek

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