Mar 5, 2004
Mar 5, 2004

Dancing Pan

Dancing Pan

c. 350–500

Limestone with traces of red polychromy

Overall: 34 x 18.1 cm (13 3/8 x 7 1/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1955.68



This relief sculpture demonstrates the survival of a purely pagan subject in the context of a Christian building. Even after the conversion of native Egyptians to Christianity, mythological subjects were not unusual in their art. Pan was the Greek god of woods and fields, flocks and herds, known in art by his goat's legs and pointed ears. He invented the reed pipes with which he charmed the nature goddesses known as nymphs.

See also
MED - Byzantine
Medieval Art
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