Fragment of an Animal Relief, Marble (Lunense marble from Carrara), Italian

Fragment of an Animal Relief

ca. 1150
Made in possibly Umbria, Italy
Marble (Lunense marble from Carrara)
Overall: 13 1/8 x 11 7/8 x 8 1/2 in. (33.3 x 30.2 x 21.6 cm)
weight: 67lb. (30.4kg)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1909
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300
Carving on the back reveals that this slab was from a lintel of an earlier, perhaps Roman, monument. Older sculptural fragments can also be seen in the adjacent doorway from San Gemini.
Robert Forrer, Colmar (sold 1909)
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