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Circular plaster relief

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Plaster
Dimensions:
Diam.: 4 5/16 in. (11 cm)
Classification:
Miscellaneous-Plaster
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1931
Accession Number:
31.11.15
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 164
Cast from a Greek metal relief of the 3rd century B.C.
Below, youth with phiale and cornucopia, seated woman crowned by flying Eros, woman with cornucopia
Above, stars and caps of the Dioskouroi

The plaster reliefs displayed in this case likely served as models for Roman copies of Greek metalware. Such casts undoubtedly also inspired other kinds of Roman works, including intaglios, relief-decorated stone sarcophagi, and terracotta lamps.
Said to be from Egypt

Alexander, Christine. 1932. "Notes: Some Plaster Reliefs from Alexandria." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 27(8): pp. 197-8.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 129, 269, pl. 109h, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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