Dancing Maenad
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Dimitrios Constantin
Greek, 1865
Albumen print
10 5/8 x 7 15/16 in.

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Dimitrios Constantin documented a fragment of a sculptural relief showing the figure of a maenad draped in heavily stylized robes; suggesting movement, the drapery undulates over her form. In ancient Greek mythology, maenads were female devotees of the god Dionysos. Through a frenzy of dancing, drinking, and eating-usually raw flesh--the women became possessed with the god's spirit.