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Terracotta medallion

Period:
Mid-Imperial
Date:
late 2nd–early 3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Terracotta; Rhône valley ware
Dimensions:
width 3 5/8in. (9.2cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.2125
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
The appliqué depicts a charioteer in his quadriga, holding the victor’s crown and palm branch. In Rome chariot racing was organized into teams, each identified by a color—red, white, blue, or green. The Latin inscription to the left on the medallion indicates that the victor belonged to the Greens. The Roman circus factions, who supported the different teams, were as fanatical and devoted as modern sports fans.
Said to be from Lugdunum (modern Lyon, France)

1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 137, p. 281, pl. 344.5.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 106, 108, fig. 133, 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. 106, 108, fig. 133, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Wuilleumier, Pierre and Amable Audin. 1952. Les Médallons d'Applique Gallo-Romains de la Vallée du Rhône. no. 255, Paris: Les Belles Lettres.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1980. The Horses of San Marco: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 1-June 1, 1980, New York. no. 38, p. 6, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Bodel, John P. and Stephen Tracy. 1997. Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA: A Checklist. p. 199, Rome: The American Academy in Rome.

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