Fragment with the Head of a Figure

Not on view

A wonderfully expressive face is all that remains of the figure holding in one hand a phiale, a shallow bowl designed for pouring liquid offerings. In the other hand is a wreath or tambourine. Similar figures are frequently encountered in textiles of the early Byzantine period, generally as part of a raucous procession celebrating the god Dionysos.

Fragment with the Head of a Figure, Wool, linen; plain weave, tapestry weave

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