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FRAGMENT: VICTORY SACRIFICING A BULL

1st century AD
Probably Early Imperial

Height: 16cm
Width: 15cm

Museum number: M1161.E

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 464help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

This fragment is very similar to the previous, Vermeule 463 (M811),although more fully preserved and of slightly clearer moulding. The head, body to the abdomen, part of the right wing, the right arm, and the drapery over the left shoulder remain. For the complete composition, in addition to the above, see von Rohden.1

The several representations of Victory Slaying a Bull, as found in Roman architectural relief and statuary, are discussed above, under the fragment Vermeule 382 (M594). The motive was also popular in the earlier Imperial period on engraved gems, silver plate, certain coin reverses (Augustus, Vespasian, Antoninus Pius), and appears in the sculptures of Trajan's arch at Benevento.

1 H. Von Rohden and H. Winnefeld, Die antiken Terracotten, vol. IV. 1,2,(Architektomische römische Tonreliefs der Kaiserzeit) pl. LXXXIX, 2, p. 284 (British Museum no. D570).

Provenance help-art-provenance

See Vermeule 459.


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