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Marble disk with two theater masks in relief

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
3rd quarter of 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Diam.: 13 1/16 x 3 3/8 in. (33.2 x 8.5 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1913
Accession Number:
13.229.6
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Marble disks known as oscilla decorated the peristyles of Roman villas. Most were carved on both sides with images related to the world of Dionysus and were designed to hang freely between the columns that surrounded interior gardens.
McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 21-22, fig. 24, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1941. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 21-22, fig. 24, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Corswandt, Isa. 1982. "Oscilla : Untersuchungen zu einer römischen Reliefgattung." Ph.D. Diss. pp. 120-1, figs. 1-2, pl. 45. Freien Universität Berlin.

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