Relief Plaque

A work made of terracotta.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta.

Date:

Early 1st century AD

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

During the early Roman Empire, terra-cotta relief plaques were a popular form of interior decoration for houses, public baths, and tombs. The mold-made reliefs, which could be rapidly reproduced to create a decorative frieze, reflect an interest in older Greek styles. Here female temple attendants, whose costumes and hairstyles recall fashions worn at least 200 years earlier by the Greek occupants of southern Italy and Sicily, kneel before a tall incense burner, upon which they place an offering. The scene is bordered by an egg-and-dart pattern above and a lotus pattern below. The presence of four nailholes indicates that these panels
were likely affixed to a wall.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Relief Plaque

Origin

Rome

Date

1 AD–50 AD

Medium

terracotta

Dimensions

58.8 × 46.9 × 5 cm (23 1/4 × 18 3/8 × 2 in.)

Credit Line

Katherine K. Adler Memorial Fund; restricted gift of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bro, the Classical Art Society, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Alexander

Reference Number

1990.87

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