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Table (cartibulum)

Table with two supports, decorated with lynx-headed griffins, foliage in relief between the creatures, and a pair of fighting goats in the center of each side. The gryphopous (griffin emerging from a foot) was part of the grotesque style in Roman art that was popular in the first centuries B.C....

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Found June 16, 1902 during excavation by Gennaro Matrone of the villa of the Contrada Bottaro, located a half mile south of Pompeii; ownership granted to Gennaro Matrone by the Italian government; by 1916: the Cleveland Museum of Art Collection (inv. no. 16.892); purchased by MFA from the Cleveland Museum of Art, June 18, 1980

Credit Line

Classical Department Exchange Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, before A.D. 62


Villa of the Contrada Bottaro, near Pompeii, Campania, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 041.

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Medium or Technique

Marble, from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens


The Ancient World