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FRAGMENT: OINOMAOS AND MYRTILOS

Early 1st century AD
Probably Early Roman Imperial

Terracotta

Height: 16cm
Width: 16cm

Museum number: M1161.C

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 461help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

The heads and upper half of the figures of a young charioteer in chiton and a bearded warrior, wearing crested Corinthian helmet, breast plate, mantle and sword on shoulder belt, standing left (in a chariot). The charioteer holds the reins with both hands, the warrior a whip (?) and the left hand at his side.

Group IV: Cresting Plaques.

A variation of a popular early Roman Imperial set of terracotta plaques best illustrated by a fragment in the Albertinum, Dresden, and a slightly later version in the Antiquarium, Berlin.1This group is usually called Oinomaos and Myrtilos, the pendant, facing right, Pelops and Hippodameia. The present fragment differs from the ordinary variations in that there is greater space between the heads of the two riders and Oinomaos wears the sword on a belt across his cuirass. A very similar fragment appears as no. 8628 in vol. VI (A - 45) of the dal Pozzo drawings at Windsor and bears testimony to the early interest taken in even the less preserved products of this art.

1 H. Von Rohden and H. Winnefeld,Die antiken Terracotten,(Architektomische römische Tonreliefs der Kaiserzeit.), IV, pp. 116-120; p. 250, pl. XXIV, 1; pp. 297-298, pl. CXX.

Provenance help-art-provenance

See Vermeule 459.

Literature

H. Von Rohden and H. Winnefeld, Die antiken Terracotten, Architektomische römische Tonreliefs der Kaiserzeit.), IV, p. 120.


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