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Thyrsus

The thyrsus in Greek mythology was the ritual wand of Dionysus and his entourage, the Maenads and Satyrs. A small straight stick of natural origin, perhaps of fennel or giant fennel, with a tufted flower at the top. It is often depicted tied with a ribbon or braided with vine leaves. At the top it is crowned with ivy, vine leaves, or a stone pine cone.