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Terracotta medallion fragment

Date:
late 2nd–early 3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Terracotta; Rhône Valley ware
Dimensions:
H. 3 1/16 in. (7.7 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.1980
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
Originally, the medallion would have decorated the body of a vessel, as with the three-handled jug in this case (17.194.870). This appliqué depicts the goddess Demeter with a crown of corn ears, seated on a throne and greeting the Eleusinian hero Triptolemus, to whom she is said to have taught the art of agriculture.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan no. 144, p. 282, pl. 345.7, Paris.

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