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Bronze statuette of Cybele on a cart drawn by lions

Date:
2nd half of 2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall: 12 x 54 3/4in. (30.5 x 139.1cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1897
Accession Number:
97.22.24
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
The group represents the cult image of the goddess Cybele enthroned on a cart drawn by two lions. Spouts formerly projecting from the open mouths of the lions. The original cart, harness, and throne no longer survive. The rear left wheel is a 19th century restoration.
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McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1941. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 12, 14, fig. 14, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1992. Kentauroi-Oiax, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 6. Kybele, no. 94, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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