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Plaster relief fragment with a male figure on a throne

Early Imperial
1st century A.D.
H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1931
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 164
Cast from a Greek metal relief of the 4th century B.C.

The plaster reliefs displayed in this case were cast from Late Classical and Hellenistic metal reliefs. They probably date to the Early Imperial period, when similar examples are known from Egypt, Rome, the Black Sea region, and Afghanistan. The widespread existence of these reliefs across the Roman Empire and along its trade routes reflects the interest that Roman collectors had for earlier Greek works.
Said to be from Egypt

Alexander, Christine. 1932. "Notes: Some Plaster Reliefs from Alexandria." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 27(8): p. 197.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 129, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Reinsberg, Carola. 1980. Studien zur hellenistischen Toreutik: Die antiken Gipsabgüsse aus Memphis, Hildesheimer ägyptologische Beiträge, Vol. 9. p. 273, n. 995, pl. 6, Hildesheim: Gerstenberg Verlag.

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