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Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Roman
Creator Name-CRT: Roman
Title: Funerary altar
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 14
Creation End Date: 68
Creation Date: 14?68
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: marble
Dimensions: H. 31 3/4 in. (80.7 cm)
Description: The lavishly sculpted vines and garlands that symbolized Augustan prosperity on grandiose public monuments also decorated works made for private purposes, such as this funerary altar. The inscription commemorates a certain Q. Fabius Diogenes and Fabia Primigenia . The heavy garland suspended from rams' heads derives from the kind of decoration found on the walls of public sanctuaries and altars. All three types of bird that surround the garland are familiar from Augustan monuments. At the center stands an eagle?bird of Jupiter, ruler of the gods; at the corners are swans?birds of Apollo, patron god of the emperor; and beneath the garland quarreling over a piece of fruit are two songbirds?charming denizens of bountiful nature .
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 25.78.29
Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1925
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Style or Period: Julio-Claudian
AMICA ID: MMA_.25.78.29
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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