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FRAGMENT OF AN ARCHITECTURAL RELIEF: A CUPID RIDING A PANTHER

Probably mid 1st century AD

Terracotta, moulded

Height: 18cm
Width: 27cm
Thickness: 43cm

Museum number: M1448

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 458help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

Above, egg and tongue between thin fillet mouldings. At the left (on a low base) stands a krater (with only the corner of the fluted body, outward curving rim, and one high handle remaining). Towards it, from the right springs a panther ridden by a Cupid. The Cupid holds a filleted thyrsos in his raised right hand. The Panther's left forepaw is raised toward the krater; the animal's body ends in two acanthus leaves, a foliate scroll and tendril, and tow flowers. The original frieze would have repeated the motive.

A very similar series of connected frieze slabs, found in the old vigna Torlonia, is in the Conservatori collection in Rome1 and is dated to the middle of the first century, AD.

1 Catalogue of ancient sculptures preserved in the municipal of Rome: The sculptures of the Palazzo dei Conservatori, ed. H.S. Jones, Oxford, 1926, pp. 335-336, GALL SUP, no. 12, pls. 123, 124.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Rome; collected by Charles Heathcote Tatham for the architect Henry Holland during the 1790s. See Cornelius Vermeule, unpublished catalogue of the Antiquities at Sir John Soane's Museum, Introduction, transcription of Tatham letters,List 2, no. 89.

Literature

Tatham: Etchings, 17; Drawings, 3.
Von Rohden, IV, p. 78.


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