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Carnelian intaglio of a gladiator fighting a lion

Period:
Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
Date:
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Carnelian
Dimensions:
H. 9/16 in. (1.5 cm)
Classification:
Gems
Credit Line:
Bequest of W. Gedney Beatty, 1941
Accession Number:
41.160.710
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
In the Early Imperial period, a popular part of the gladiatorial games was the morning program in which armed gladiators called venatores (hunters) were pitted against wild animals. The Romans also liked to see different kinds of animals fighting each other.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1956[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman. no. 454, p. 100, pl. 55, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1987. Greece and Rome. no. 92, p. 122 , New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2000. The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West no. 42, pp. 59, 206, New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 2006[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman, 2nd edn. no. 454, p. 100, pl. 55, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 443, pp. 378, 492, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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