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Fragment of a relief slab depicting Victory sacrificing a bull. Only the lower part of the head and face, the body to below the waist, part of the right arm and right wing remain.

27 BC-14 AD
Probably Augustan

Terracotta, moulded

Height: 15cm
Width: 16cm
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Museum number: M806

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 463help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

Fragment of a Group IV: Cresting Plaque.

Examining the similar reassembled example in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, Rome1 and dated to the Augustan period (27 BC-14 AD), this scene can be reconstructed and described as follows: below a moulding a nude winged Victory, with her hair bound by a fillet, kneels on the back of a recumbent bull turned to the right and draws back its head; her right hand, hanging down, holds a sacrificial knife. In front of the bull is a candelabrum on which burns a flame.

1The British School at Rome, Catalogue of ancient sculptures preserved in the municipal collections of Rome: The sculptures of the Palazzo dei Conservatori, ed. H.S. Jones, Oxford, 1926, p. 337, GALL. SUP., no. 15, pl. 123.

Provenance help-art-provenance

See Vermeule 459.


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