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Terracotta relief probably from a funnel vase

Early Hellenistic
late 3rd–early 2nd century B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Apulian, Canosan
9 5/8 x 12 1/8in. (24.5 x 30.8cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
This is one of four reliefs with two-figure compositions depicting a combat between two warriors, likely a Gaul and a Greek. Several reliefs probably decorated a large funerary jar. They rested on a shelf-like projection from the body of the vase and were secured by dowels through the holes in the plaque. In this episode, one rider has fallen creating a contrast between the rearing horse and the three enmeshed figures behind him.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1913. "Department of Classical Art: The Accessions of 1912--Sculptures, Terracottas, and Miscellaneous Objects." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 8 (8): pp. 175-6.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 206, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Bienkowski, Piotr. 1928. "Les Celtes dans les art mineurs gréco-romaines, avec des recherchesiconographiques sur quelques autres peuples barbares." Ph.D. Diss. pp. 91ff., figs. 138c, 140. Imprimerie de l'Université des Jagellons à Cracovie.

Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1968. The Reconstruction of Two Apulian Tomb Groups, Beiheft zur Halbjahresschrift Antike Kunst, Vol. 5. Bern: A. Francke.

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