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Pair of terracotta plaques with glass inlays

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
late 4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian
Medium:
Terracotta, glass
Dimensions:
length 5 11/16in. (14.5cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Purchase, Sandra Brue Gift, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.210.1, .2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
The Homeric sea monster Scylla raises her right hand and holds a ship’s rudder in her left. Similar terracotta plaques, which are sometimes gilt, are known to have been used to decorate funerary klinai (couches) placed in Hellenistic tombs. Funerary klinai decorated with reliefs of ivory, gold, and glass have also been discovered in the fourth century B.C. tombs of the Macedonian kings at Vergina.
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