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Silver Dish

613-629

Silver, gilt Diam 25.8 cm

The dish was found in 1878 in the Perm Region. It bears a representation of Silenus and Maenads dancing. Silenus was a forest demon, a companion of the god of wine Dionysus. Silenus, shown bearded and with a wineskin, is typical of early Byzantine art, which adapted subjects from the art of antiquity. On the reverse are five stamps with the monogram of the Emperor Heraclius (610-641), marking the high quality of the silver used.

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