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Discovered 1941 or 1942 in El Jem, Tunisia; possibly on deposit at the Alaoui Museum (Musée National du Bardo), Tunis, before 1961;[1] presented 4 May 1961 to the National Gallery of Art by Habib Bourguiba, president of the Tunisian Republic.

Alexander, Margaret A. "Dionysiac Mosaic from El Jem in the National Gallery of Art, Washington." Unpublished paper, received 1985, in NGA curatorial files.
Truillot, A., In "Séance de la Commission de l'Afrique de Nord." In Bulletin Archéologique du Comité des Travaux Historiques et Scientifiques. 1941-1942, vols. unnumbered, (1944): 292-293, record of discovery.
Foucher, Louis. La Maison de la Procession Dionysiaque à El Jem. Paris, 1963: 103, 126 n. 206.
Musurillo, Reverend Herbert. "The Roman Mosaic from Tunisia in the National Gallery." Unpublished paper, Fordham University, November 1972, in NGA curatorial files.