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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
  • Description

    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.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1956[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman. Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider, no. 454, p. 100, pl. 55.

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

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

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

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