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Gilt-silver ceremonial box lid

Period:
Early Imperial, Augustan
Date:
late 1st century B.C.–early 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Silver gilt
Dimensions:
H. 1 in. (2.5 cm) width 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm) depth 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, Marguerite and Frank A. Cosgrove Jr. Fund and Mr. and Mrs. Christos G. Bastis Gift, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.26
  • Description

    The lid is decorated in high relief with sacrificial animals and religious objects. Featured prominently are the heads of three domestic animals—a ram, a bull, and a goat—that were commonly used as offerings at major public ceremonies. The decoration is unusual, but there is a close parallel in the Berlin Museum.

  • References

    Lightfoot, Christopher S. and Carlos A. Picón. 2000. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1999-2000." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 58(2): p. 13.

    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. 460, pp. 393, 495.

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