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Cast of a relief forming one side of a Roman marble altar, depicting three mythological figures: Ceres, Neptune and Prosepina

Plaster cast

Museum number: M103

Curatorial note

This cast and two others (M11 and M41) from the same source are all taken from the Ara Albani altar, Roman 1st century -2nd century AD, in the collection of the Villa Albani, Inv. no. 685. M11 and this one are casts of the same altar relief; M41 is a cast of a different side of the same altar). Here Ceres, Goddess of agriculture, holds a sheaf of corn, whilst Neptune, the sea God, holds a trident and staff.

For further information on the original altar see:
P. Arndt and W. Amelung, Photographische Einzelaufnahmen Antiker Sculpturen (München 1893-1947) Cat. no. 4320- 4322.
P.C. Bol et al (eds), Forschungen zur Villa Albani. Katalog der Antiken Bildwerke IV (Berlin 1994) p. 407 Cat. no. 521 Pl. 242f.
O. Dräger, Religionem Significare, 33. Ergh. RM (Mainz 1994) p.256 Cat. no. 103 Pl. 45,1.
W. Helbig, Führer durch die öffentlichen Sammlungen klassischer Altertümer in Rom. Die Staatlichen Sammlungen. Villa Albani IV, 4. Aufl. (1972) Cat. no. 3356.

Associated objects

M41, cast from same original


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