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Roman couch and footstool with bone carvings and glass inlays

Roman, 1st-2nd century A.D.

 

These pieces of furniture come from the imperial villa of Lucius Verus (co-emperor, A.D. 161-169) on the Via Cassia outside Rome. On the couch legs are friezes of huntsmen, horses and hounds flanking Ganymede. On the sides of the bed frame, the lion protomes (animal head adornments) have eyes inlaid with glass. On the footstool are scenes of winged cupids and leopards.

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art

NYC

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Uploaded on May 28, 2008