A Roman terracotta "Campana" relief
Lot 188
A Roman terracotta "Campana" relief
Sold for £26,400 (US$ 44,327) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Roman terracotta "Campana" relief
Circa 1st Century B.C. - 1st Century A.D.
Moulded with a naked kneeling figure of winged Victory, with loose drapery flowing over the right side of the body, wearing sandals, her hair dressed in a fillet, holding a knife aloft in her right hand, and grasping the muzzle a recumbent bull's head in her left, baring its throat for a victory sacrifice, in the left corner stands a sacrificial altar laden with offerings, the band of architrave above decorated with palmettes and swags, 18 x 153/4in. (45.7 x 40cm.) wide, repaired with a little restoration, framed


  • Provenance:
    Formerly in the private collection of an ecclesiastic gentleman in Ipswich. It is believed that he was a collector during the 'Grand Tour' period and acquired this circa 1928. It was acquired by the current owner five years ago from the house sale of this collector.

    This piece belongs to a group of reliefs which are named after Giorgio Campana who first published similar examples in the mid-nineteenth century. Plaques of this type were used to decorate the upper walls of porticoes and shrines, and occasionally private houses. The iconography of Victory sacrificing a bull appears in a number of similar reliefs and is symbolic of a celebration of military victory. Cf. R.A. Higgins, Catalogue of Terracottas in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities in the British Museum, (London 1954), Terracotta D569-573.