Exhibition catalogue, Köstlichkeiten aus Kairo!, Antikensmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig und Museum August Kestner Hannover, 2008, pp. 74-75, no. 23a.
Another head of a maenad can be found in the Miho Museum, Kyoto, cf. exhibition catalogue, Ancient Glass in the Miho Museum, 2001, p. 76, no. 100. This decorative element depicts a Greek theatrical mask and probably came from Alexandria. The New Attic Comedy involved characters linked with the cult of Dionysos, such as satyrs and maenads, who, adorned with ivy wreaths, roamed the countryside in a divine state of madness, dancing and playing music. The ivy was the plant of poetry, inspiration and ecstasy.