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Lansdowne Relief: GR.1.2012

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Lansdowne Relief


Dark grey limestone relief, decorated in three registers: the largest, central frieze is divided by four arching niches and bordered on either side by a vertical ornament of male and female figures among interlacing acanthus branches. Between the niches are three mythological scenes, l-r: Odysseus sailing past the sirens; Dionysos and the pirates; the Argonauts and the Stymphalian birds. Above this frieze is a narrow frieze with hunting scenes, partially set in a reed-bed; below another narrow frieze with a marine theme, dolphins, hippocamps and other marine creatures.

Measurements and weight

Depth: 23 cm
Height: 56 cm
Weight: 500 k
Width: 181.5 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Loan


About 100 AD - About 150 AD

Materials used in production

'bigio morato' Limestone

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Identification numbers

Accession number: GR.1.2012
Primary reference Number: 160187
Previous number: Loan Ant.117
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 14 May 2021 Last processed: Saturday 15 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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