New York, Park Avenue
30 May 1997
A ROMAN MARBLE RELIEF
circa 2nd century a.d.
From a sarcophagus, depicting a race in the Circus Maximus, with three charioteers driving bigae to the right, each wearing a mantle over the left shoulder, the drapery billowing behind, the lead driver with his whip in his up-raised right hand, the middle team collapsing, perhaps from a collision with the lead group, a youth in a short tunic, perhaps a "sparsores", crawls on the ground in front of the rear team, the Circus barrier in the background composed of pairs of Corinthian columns, the architraves surmounted by ovae
44¼in. (112.4cm.) long
The Lieutenant-Colonel Lord Burnham, Hall Barn, Beaconsfield
Probably acquired by Edmund Waller of Hall Barn in 1719 from a garden in Kennington once belonging to Boyder Cuper. This was likely from the collection of Thomas Howard, 2nd Earl of Arundel (1585-1646). The Earl's great-grandson, the 7th Duke of Norfolk, had given a number of the Arundel marbles to Cuper, a former servant. Ancient sculptures from this famous collection were sold at Christie's London, 10 December 1985 (lot 264 for the Circus relief).
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