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Silver handle of a large dish

Mid-Imperial, Antonine or Severan
2nd–early 3rd century A.D.
Silver, gold
3.2lb. (1.4kg)
Other: 14 3/8in. (36.5cm)
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
The Romans prized silver tableware very highly and liked to collect large sets for show as much as for use. Consequently, many of the vessels were highly decorative; mythological scenes and favorite pastimes such as hunting frequently served as subjects. Here many details of the relief have been highlighted with gilding.
Said to have been found in Rome

[Until 1906, with Alfredo Barsanti, Rome]; acquired in 1906, purchased from A. Barsanti.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 197, fig. 120, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1977. Silver for the Gods : 800 Years of Greek and Roman Silver. no. 100, pp. 152-53, Toledo, Ohio: Toledo Museum of Art.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1984. "A Greek and Roman Treasury." Bulletin of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 42(1): cat. 130, p. 72.

Pirzio Biroli Stefanelli, Lucia. 1991. L'argento dei Romani : Vasellame da tavola e d'apparato. no. 116, pp. 194, 279, fig. 193, 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. 463, pp. 395, 496, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

La Rocca, Eugenio, Claudio Parisi Presicce, and Annalisa Lo Monaco. 2015. L'età dell'angoscia : da Commodo a Diocleziano : 180-305 d.C. cat. n. V.5, pp. 291, 428, Rome: MondoMostre.

Campbell, Virginia L. 2017. Ancient Rome. p. 239, New York: Thames and Hudson.

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