Bronze ornament from a chariot pole

Bronze, silver, copper | 18.3 x 17.9cm | 1st–2nd century A.D.

Unknown Artist

This heavy metal ornament, decorated with the head of Medusa and inlays of silver and copper, probably comes from a currus triumphalis (ceremonial chariot) used in processions rather than a lightweight racing chariot.

Credit: Rogers Fund, 1918
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