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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.
European; Southern European; Roman
Intaglio of a venator fighting a lion
1st century A.D.
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Late Augustan to Flavian
H. 5/8 in. (1.5 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, New York
Bequest of W. Gedney Beatty, 1941
Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
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