University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

An Onyx Neo-Classical Cameo [Object of the Day #42]


By: Ann Brownlee

This very large pendant consists of an onyx cameo in a gold setting.   The cameo shows Dionysus, the god of wine, carrying a thyrsus and accompanied by a panther, as he discovers a dejected Ariadne.   She had helped the hero Theseus kill the Minotaur but he then abandoned her on the island of Naxos on […]

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