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Chariot Mount with Three Figures

Date:
300–500
Geography:
Made in posssibly Gaul
Culture:
Late Roman or Byzantine
Medium:
Copper Alloy
Dimensions:
Overall: 7 15/16 x 7 3/16 x 2 1/8 in. (20.2 x 18.2 x 5.4 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
47.100.42
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
The men who adorn this chariot mount are probably two orators and a grammarian, as suggested by their gestures and by the scrolls and writing tablets they hold. The piece may have been used to decorate the chariot of a distinguished orator in Gaul.
Baronet de Forrer, Strasbourg (until 1780); Count Hans Wilczek, Burg Kreuzenstein, Austria (from 1780); [ E & A Silberman Galleries, New York (sold 1941)]; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1941–1947)]
Strzygowski, Josef. "Bronzeaufsatz im Besitz von Hans Grafen Wilczek in Wien." Jahreshefte des Österreichischen Archäologischen Institutes in Wien 4 (1901). pp. 189–203, fig. 204, 205, pl. VII.

Cumont, Franz. "Pièce de Bronze, orné d'un Buste de Minèrve découvert en Flandre." Annales de la Société d'archéologie de Bruxelles 21, no. 7 (1907). pp. 299, 302 n. 5.

Villefosse, Héron de. "Douilles en bronze de l'époque romaine flanquées de deux supports annulaires." Mémoires de la société nationale des antiquaires de France 67 (1907). pp. 278–80, fig. 3.

Villefosse, Héron de. "Communication." Bulletin de la société nationale des antiquaires de France (1916). p. 244.

Alte und neue katholische Kunst: Führer durch die Ausstellungen Albertina, Diözesanmuseum, Hagenbund, Künstlerhaus, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Österreichisches Museum, Secession, Volkskundemuseum. Vienna: Kunsthistorisches Museum, 1933. no. 107, p. 67.

Poglayen-Neuwall, Stefan. "Kirchliche Kunst Österreichs." Die Weltkunst 7, no. 38 (September 17, 1933). p. 1, ill.

Miner, Dorothy, ed. Early Christian and Byzantine Art: An Exhibition Held at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Baltimore: Walters Art Museum, 1947. no. 212, p. 58, pl. XXXVII.

Fernández de Aviles, Augusto. "Pasarriendas y Otros Bronces de Carro, Romans, Hallados en España." Archivo Español de Arqueología 31 (1958). pp. 9 n. 32, 20, 43.

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Pushkin Museum and State Hermitage Museum. Dekorativno-Prikladnoe Iskusstvo ot Pozdnei Antichnosti do Pozdnei Gotiki: Kratkii Katalog Vystavki. Moscow: Pushkin Museum, 1990. no. 3, pp. 10, 16, fig. 3.

State Hermitage Museum. Dekorativno-Prikladnoe Iskusstvo ot Pozdnei Antichnosti do Pozdnei Gotiki. St. Petersburg: State Hermitage Museum, 1990. no. 3, pp. 8, 14-15.

Brown, Katharine R. Migration Art, A.D. 300-800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 7, p. 17.

Treasure hunt for book lovers: a self-guided tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 5, ill.

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