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

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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.

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  • Condition Details
    The relief is in good condition for its age showing a faint repair line across.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 45 in. x W 34.5 in. x D 2.5 in.H 114.3 cm x W 87.63 cm x D 6.35 cm
  • Seller Location
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Reference Number
    LU2165313072382
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