- Museum number
Terracotta Campana relief: Athena supervises the building of the ship "Argo" for the expedition of Jason and the Argonauts. Athena adjusts the sail while the helmsman Tiphys holds the yard.
- Production date
- 1stC (probably)
Height: 63.50 centimetres
Length: 55.88 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This relief was found with many others, including an almost identical one (now at Villa Albani, Rome) at Porta Latina, just outside of Rome. That one, rather than the British Museum one, served as frontispiece to Winckelmann's Monumenti Antichi Inediti.
A variant of this type is quite different, in that it does not have all the 'mistakes' present in this one, i.e. the the strange flowing of Athena's drapery, the awkward positioning of her legs, and the floating canvas above the left hand of the middle man. It is supposed that the latter is of an earlier date than the other.
Charles Townley purchased this relief from the artist Joseph Nollekens for £20 (TY 10/20). The relief can be seen in a sketch made by Nollekens (?) of Townley's collection of terracotta reliefs (2010,5006.1914) as nr.14 (16).
- On display (G69/dc26)
- Exhibition history
1996 14 Jun-29 Sep, London, The British Library, The Mythical Quest
2018-2019, 5 Oct-10 Feb, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung, Medea in Love and the Quest for the Golden Fleece
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number