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Terracotta relief probably from a funnel vase

Early Hellenistic
late 3rd–early 2nd century B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Apulian, Canosan
9 3/4 x 10 3/4in. (24.8 x 27.3cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
This is one of four reliefs with two-figure compositions depicting a combat, likely between a Gaul and a Greek. Here the victor is binding the fallen enemy. Several reliefs probably decorated a large funerary jar. They rested on a shelf-like projection from the body of the vase and were secured by dowels through the holes in the plaque. This example came from a different vase than the others in the case because the curve at the base is tighter.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1913. "Classical Department: The Accessions of 1912. Sculptures, Terracottas, and Miscellaneous Objects." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 8(8): pp. 175–76.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 206, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Bienkowski, Piotr. 1928. "Les Celtes dans les art mineurs gréco-romaines, avec des recherchesiconographiques sur quelques autres peuples barbares." Ph.D. Diss. pp. 94ff., figs. 138d, 142. Imprimerie de l'Université des Jagellons à Cracovie.

Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1968. The Reconstruction of Two Apulian Tomb Groups, Beiheft zur Halbjahresschrift Antike Kunst, Vol. 5. p. 17, Bern: A. Francke.

Carter, Joseph Coleman. 1970. "Relief Sculptures from the Necropolis of Taranto." American Journal of Archaeology, 74(2): p. 135, fig. 25, pl. 32.

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