- Museum number
Terracotta Campana relief showing a chariot-race. A four-horsed chariot approaches the three columns of the turning-post. The charioteer wears a cap, leggings, and a short tunic with fasciae (protective leather straps). The reins are passed tightly around his waist. A jubilator, a rider who encourages the contestants, has already turned. A charioteer, fallen from his chariot, crouches at the base of the turning-post.
- Production date
- 1stC (last third)
Height: 30.48 centimetres
Length: 40.64 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- According to Von Rohden and Winnefeld (p136) and based on the commentary in CIL XV, 2541,1, this relief was owned by Piranesi and depicted by him on the last page of Vasi, Cippi e Candelabri. However, CIL clearly states that an 'ectypon gypseum', i.e. a plaster imprint/cast, was seen by Marini at Piranesi's. Von Rohden and Winnefeld also wrongfully claim that the British Museum relief was owned by Bellori and seen there by Gudius (again after CIL XV, 2541,1) - instead, 'duo praeterea', i.e. a further two, were seen there, one of which is the one in a drawing owned by Dal Pozzo (Windsorvolume VIII, fol. 52, n. 325). Two similar ones were owned by Campana (nrs 193 and 243), now at the Louvre and Rennes.
Townley bought this relief not from Piranesi, but from the artist Joseph Nollekens (T 10/21, nr. 17).
The relief can be seen in a drawing owned by Charles Townley (2010,5006.334) and in a sketch made by Nollekens (?) of Charles Townley's collection of terracotta reliefs (2010,5006.1913) as nr. 37 (60).
- On display (G30)
- Exhibition history
2000, Hamberg, Gladiators and Caesars
2021 May 27-Oct 24, London, BM SEG, Nero
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number