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Bronze statuette of a pantheress

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st–2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bronze, copper, silver, niello
Dimensions:
Other: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 8 5/8 in. (14 x 10.8 x 21.9 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.261
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
The female panther is rendered in fine detail with her spots inlaid with copper, silver, and niello.
Said to have been found in Rome in 1880 (Richter 1908, p. 58)

1880, excavated in Rome in the Via Babuino; until 1884, collection of Alessandro Castellani, Rome; 1884, sold at the auction of the collection of Alessandro Castellani, Rome; [until 1907, with Ettore Jandolo, Rome]; acquired in 1907, purchased from Ettore Jandolo.
Hôtel Drouot. May 12-16, 1884. Catalogue des objets d'art, antiques du Moyen-Âge et de la Renaissance : dépendant de la succession Alessandro Castellani. p. 49, lot 306.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1908. "New Accessions in the Classical Department: III. The Bronze Panther." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3(3): pp. 58-9, figs. 1-2.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 403, pp. 162-66, New York: Gilliss Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 189, fig. 116, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Reinach, Salomon. 1924. "Deux mille trois cent quatre-vingt statues." Répertoire de la Statuaire Grecque et Romaine, Vol. 5, pt. 2, 2nd edn. no. 2, p. 418, Paris: E. Leroux.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 309, fig. 219, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1929. "New Accessions in the Classical Department: III. The Bronze Panther." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 24(5): pp. 58-59, figs. 1-2.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Animals in Greek Sculpture: A Survey. fig. 34, pl. 10, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 309, fig. 219, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Pijoán, José and Manuel Cossío. 1932. Summa Artis Historia General del Arte: El arte griego hasta la toma de Corinto por los romanos (146 A.J.C.), Vol. 4. p. 121, fig. 160, Madrid: Espasa-Calpe.

February 1, 1937. "Five Thousand Years of Bronze Sculpture in Buffalo Exhibit." Art Digest, 11: p. 8.

Heidenreich, R. and Deutsches Archaologisches Institut. 1937. "Zu einem Pantherweibchen aus Bronze." Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Römische Abteilung, 52: p. 267, Note 3.

Albright Art Gallery. February 1937. Master Bronzes : Selected from Museums and Collections in America: The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, exhibition-catalogue. no. 96, Buffalo.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 126, 265, pl. 105d, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Harper, Prudence. 1971. "Origin and Influence–Cultural Contacts: Egypt, the Ancient Near East, and the Classical World." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 29(7): pp. 324-25.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1976. "The Babuino Bronzes." In Memoriam Otto J. Brendel: Essays in Archaeology and the Humanities, Larissa Bonfante and Helga von Heintze, eds. pp. 156-158, pl. 39a-c, Mainz: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

Petit, Judith. 1980. Bronzes Antiques de la Collection Dutuit: Grecs, Hellénistiques, Romains et de l'Antiquité Tardive, Collections de la Ville de Paris. pp. 52, 54, Paris: Musée du Petit Palais.

Barnet, Peter and Atsuyuki Nakahara. 2012. Earth, Sea, and Sky: Nature in Western Art. Masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.. no. 43, pp. 97, 224-5, Tokyo: Yomiuri Shimbun.

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