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Historic Images of the Greek Bronze Age: The Reproductions of E. Gilliéron and Son

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Bronze lid and upper part of an oil flask

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
4th century B.C.
Culture:
Praenestine
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
diameter 3 5/8in. (9.2cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1910
Accession Number:
10.230.1
  • Description

    The relief on this elegantly worked roundel depicts a nude youth being attacked by a griffin. It relates to legends, first mentioned by the ancient Greek writer Herodotus, of the people called Arimasps who lived east of the Black Sea.Their land was rich in gold, but the gold was guarded by fierce griffins. The subject became popular during the Hellenistic period, especially for terracottas produced in Tarentum. It is likely that these South Italian models inspired the Central Italian adaptation on this bronze.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. New York: Gilliss Press, no. 94, pp. 61-62.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. Handbook of the Etruscan Collection. New York: Marchbanks Press, p. 45, figs. 130-31.

    Bordenache Battaglia, Gabrielle and Prof. Adriana Emiliozzi. 1990. Le Ciste prenestine. Rome: Consiglio nazionle delle ricerche, pp. 288-89.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 356, pp. 303, 475.

    de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 6.87, pp. 8, 241.

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