Ivory Pyx with the Triumph of Dionysos in India, Ivory, Byzantine

Ivory Pyx with the Triumph of Dionysos in India

Made in possibly Syria
Overall: 3 3/16 x 4 7/8 x 4 1/2 in. (8.1 x 12.4 x 11.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Dionysos, a son of Zeus, rides in his chariot overseeing his conquest of India as described by the fifth-century Egyptian poet Nonnos of Panopolis: "Lord Bacchus [Dionysos] spoke…Indian slaying servants of invincible Dionysos! Bind them all fast unresisting, the sons of the Indians, take them all prisoners in bloodless conflict."
Count Girolamo Possenti de Fabriano (Italian), Florence; sale of Count Girolamo Possenti de Fabriano (Italian), Florence (April 1-10, 1880, no. 17); Baron Albert Oppenheim, Cologne(sold 1906); J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (1906–1917)
Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. "Byzanz: Pracht und Alltag," February 26, 2010–June 13, 2010.

Catalogue d'objets d'art et de curiosité, formant la collection de feu Mr. le Comte Girolamo Possenti de Fabriano. Florence: Raffaele Dura, April 1-10, 1880. no. 17, p. 4.

Kunsthistorische Ausstellung, Düsseldorf 1902: Illustrirter Katalog. Düsseldorf: August-Bagel-Verlag, 1902. no. 1204 (?), p. 106.

Molinier, Émile. Collection du Baron Albert Oppenheim: Tableaux et objets d'art, catalogue précédé d'une introduction. Paris: Librairie Centrale des Beaux-Arts, 1904. no. 60, p. 27.

Weitzmann, Kurt. Greek Mythology in Byzantine Art. 2nd ed. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984. p. 183 n. 119.

Frings, Jutta, ed. Byzanz: Pracht und Alltag. Bonn: Kunst-und Austellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 2010. no. 109, p. 195.

Thomas, Thelma K., ed. Designing Identity: The Power of Textiles in Late Antiquity. New York: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, 2016. no. 3, pp. 35, 37, 144, fig. 1-1.21.