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Marble round altar with a frieze of animals and masks

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
h. 7 3/16 in. (18.3 cm); d. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.60.71
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The theatrical masks and panthers on this altar suggest it may have been used in a sanctuary of Bacchus (Roman Dionysos), since both motifs are common elements in the god's iconography.
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