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late 4th century B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Tarentine
H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm); length 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1920
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.
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