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Gilt-silver ceremonial box lid

Early Imperial, Augustan
late 1st century B.C.–early 1st century A.D.
Silver gilt
H. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
width 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
depth 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm)
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, Marguerite and Frank A. Cosgrove Jr. Fund and Mr. and Mrs. Christos G. Bastis Gift, 2000
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
The lid is decorated in high relief with sacrificial animals and religious objects. Featured prominently are the heads of three domestic animals—a ram, a bull, and a goat—that were commonly used as offerings at major public ceremonies. The decoration is unusual, but there is a close parallel in the Berlin Museum.
Christie's, New York. 1999. Antiquities. December 9, 1999. lot 412, p. 106.

Picón, Carlos A., Joan R. Mertens, Elizabeth J. Milleker, Christopher S. Lightfoot, and Seán Hemingway. 2000. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1999–2000: Ancient World." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 58(2): p. 13.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2000. "One Hundred Thirtieth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1999 through June 30, 2000." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 130: p. 18.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 460, pp. 393, 495, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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