12 December 2002
A ROMAN TERRACOTTA "CAMPANA" RELIEF
Circa Early 1st Century A.D.
Molded with a victorious boxer (pugilatus), standing within four columns of the colonnade of a boxer's training area (palaistra), holding a palm-branch in his right hand and a winner's ribbon in his left, his glove (caestus) still on his left hand, a garland draped between the columns with a Silenus-mask oscillum above, symmetrically arranged between the surrounding columns are, to either side, a stamnos on a high pedestal with an oval oscillum with dangling tassels above, and at the outer edges, a long tapering herm below a pelta-form oscillum, a band of palmettes between arches above the architrave
17½ in. (44.4 cm) wide
Stirt Collection, Switzerland
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For a fragmentary example with a similar composition, now in the British Museum, see no. 84, p. 76 in Köhne and Ewigleben, Gladiators and Caesars, The Power of Spectacle in Ancient Rome.
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Specialist Furio Rinaldi admires this rediscovered work by the 16th-century Italian artist, which scholars had long presumed lost