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Terracotta medallion fragment

Date:
late 2nd–early 3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Terracotta; Rhône Valley ware
Dimensions:
H. 3 1/16 in. (7.7 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.1980
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
Originally, the medallion would have decorated the body of a vessel, as with the three-handled jug in this case (17.194.870). This appliqué depicts the goddess Demeter with a crown of corn ears, seated on a throne and greeting the Eleusinian hero Triptolemus, to whom she is said to have taught the art of agriculture.
1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 144, p. 282, pl. 345.7.

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