Marble leg of a table with a tiger's head, Marble, Roman

Marble leg of a table with a tiger's head

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st–2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm.)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
23.160.83
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The image of a tiger--an animal from India, Armenia, or the area south of the Caspian Sea--was fairly rare in Roman art. But when this animal was depicted, usually it was represented by the female tigress. In myth, Dionysus is sometimes associated with the tiger, riding on its back in processions. This type of stone table leg, common on Roman tables, was generally surmounted by a lion's or panther's head.