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Large 19th Century Oval Marble Relief of the Roman Emperor Claudius with Eagle

$6,850Asking Price


45 inches high and 34.5 inches wide this truly is an impressive manifestation of 19th century Italian carving craftsmanship. The relief is centering a circular profile portrait of the emperor Claudius, who ruled Rome from 41-54, surrounded by a latin inscription: Ave cesar morituri te salutant which is a well-known Latin phrase quoted in Suetonius, De Vita Caesarum. It was reportedly used during an event in AD 52 on Lake Fucinus by naumachiarii—captives and criminals fated to die fighting during mock naval encounters—in the presence of the emperor Claudius. The portrait is set in an oval panel decorated by the imperial eagle, laurel branches and oak leafwork surmounted by ribbons. A band of gray marble separates the carvings from the marble framing featuring the classical egg and dart cornice carving. Considering the weight of this relief it can be either inserted in a wall or fastened to a wall with forged iron brackets.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 45 in. (114.3 cm)Width: 34.5 in. (87.63 cm)Depth: 2.5 in. (6.35 cm)
  • Style
    Classical Roman (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1850
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. The relief is in good condition for its age showing a faint repair line across.
  • Seller Location
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2165313072382

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