Detail View: The AMICA Library: Intaglio of a venator fighting a lion

AMICA ID: 
MMA_.41.160.710
AMICA Library Year: 
2002
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Description: 
Although many carved gems carried portraits, others depicted popular scenes from life, such as the venator pitted against a rearing lion in this intaglio. Like gladiators, their more famous counterparts, most venatores were prisoners of war, condemned criminals, or slaves. Animal hunts took place either in the circus or the amphitheater, and they were usually staged in the morning before the main show of the games?the gladiatorial combats or the chariot races.
Creator Nationality: 
European; Southern European; Roman
Creator Name-CRT: 
Roman
Title: 
Intaglio of a venator fighting a lion
View: 
Principal view
Creation Date: 
1st century A.D.
Creation Start Date: 
1
Creation End Date: 
99
Materials and Techniques: 
Carnelian
Style or Period: 
Late Augustan to Flavian
Dimensions: 
H. 5/8 in. (1.5 cm)
AMICA Contributor: 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
New York, New York
ID Number: 
41.160.710
Credit Line: 
Bequest of W. Gedney Beatty, 1941
Copyright: 
Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Rights: 
Related Image Identifier Link: 
MMA_.h1_41.160.710.tif