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Bronze ornament from a chariot pole

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st–2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bronze, silver, copper
Dimensions:
H. 7 3/16 in. (18.3 cm) width 7 1/16 in. (17.9 cm) depth 4 3/16 in. (10.7 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
18.75
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
This heavy metal ornament, decorated with the head of Medusa and inlays of silver and copper, probably comes from a currus triumphalis (ceremonial chariot) used in processions rather than a lightweight racing chariot.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1919. "A Bronze Relief of Medusa." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 14(3): pp. 59–60, figs. 1–2.

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