- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Decorative Frieze with Wolves Chasing Gazelles
- Architectural Elements
- Work Type
- architectural element
- c. 300-500 CE
- Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Africa, Egypt (Ancient)
- Byzantine period, Early
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- actual: 27 x 66.5 cm (10 5/8 x 26 3/16 in.)
- Professor Nelson Goodman, Weston, MA, Collector.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Nelson Goodman
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Published Catalogue Text: Stone Sculptures: The Greek, Roman and Etruscan Collections of the Harvard University Art Museums , written 1990
Decorative Frieze with Wolves Chasing Gazelles
The stone is seemingly good-grain limestone with some overall surface chipping, especially around the edges.
A large, scrolled vine fills this fragment, creating three separate circular zones. The beginning of another vine can be seen in the upper left corner. In the rightmost zone can be seen the heads and necks of two charging wolves and the head, neck, and torso of a third wolf. In the middle zone, a fourth wolf has caught the hind leg of a gazelle in his teeth. The gazelle, whose front half is in the left zone, turns its head and looks back and up over its shoulder. The hind part of a second gazelle can be seen fleeing to the left.
This work, currently installed in the stairwell of the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, is an exceptionally fine and sensitive rendering of a figured vine rinceau, a motif that occurs widely throughout the eastern Mediterranean from the Roman period on. Compare the example from the Malcove Collection, University of Toronto, M82.313 (Friedman, 1989, p. 259, no. 173).
Cornelius Vermeule and Amy Brauer
- Publication History
Cornelius C. Vermeule III and Amy Brauer, Stone Sculptures: The Greek, Roman and Etruscan Collections of the Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 166, no. 152
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