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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
8 9/16 x 12in. (21.8 x 30.5cm)
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 between two warriors, likely a Gaul and a Greek. 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. The rider slipping off his fallen horse shows the virtuosity of the modeler.
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. 90ff., figs. 138a, 139. Imprimerie de l'Université des Jagellons à Cracovie.

Rostovtzeff, Michael Ivanovitch. 1943. "The Parthian Shot." American Journal of Archaeology, 47(2): p. 179, pl. XX(1).

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