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Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Roman
Creator Name-CRT: Roman
Title: Intaglio of a venator fighting a lion
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1
Creation End Date: 99
Creation Date: 1st century A.D.
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Carnelian
Dimensions: H. 5/8 in. (1.5 cm)
Description: Although many carved gems carried portraits, others depicted popular scenes from life, such as the venator pitted against a rearing lion in this intaglio. Like gladiators, their more famous counterparts, most venatores were prisoners of war, condemned criminals, or slaves. Animal hunts took place either in the circus or the amphitheater, and they were usually staged in the morning before the main show of the games?the gladiatorial combats or the chariot races.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 41.160.710
Credit Line: Bequest of W. Gedney Beatty, 1941
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Style or Period: Late Augustan to Flavian
AMICA ID: MMA_.41.160.710
AMICA Library Year: 2002
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Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved
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