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Maenad with Thyrsos. Athenian white-ground lekythos, c. 475-425 BC. Ashmolean Museum 1945.3. Photo. Beazley Archive.A divine Dionysiac wand, usually carried by Maenads but also in the hands of Satyrs and the god. It is a fennel rod with ivy-leaves wrapped around its end, later being shown more like a pine cone.

Above: Maenad with Thyrsos. Athenian white-ground lekythos, c. 475-425 BC. Ashmolean Museum 1945.3. Photo. Beazley Archive. © Ashmolean Museum

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