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Terracotta appliqué

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
late 4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Tarentine
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm); length 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
20.223
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Purchase, Abraham Foundation Gift, 1997 (1997.135)
Anonymous Loan (L.1993.47.1)

These appliqués, openwork compositions in fairly high relief, belong to a category of gilded terracottas that adorned Tarentine funerary furniture. Mythological creatures such as winged griffins and more natural animals such as panthers, stags, and horses are frequently represented. Some are arranged in groups depicting hunting scenes or in company with deities.
M.E.P. 1923. "Greek Terracottas." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 18(9): p. 215.

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