Panel in opus sectile with tiger assaulting a calf

Pannello in opus sectile con tigre che assale un vitello
Mosaic / Intarsia
First half of 4th century AD
Material and technique: 
Coloured marbles
cm 124x184
From Rome, Esquiline - Basilica Iunii Bassi
inv. MC1222

The hall

Palazzo dei Conservatori - Scalone

The landings on the main staircase that leads to the upper floors feature large historical reliefs which originally were used to decorate public monuments. 
Three panels from a triumphal arch refer to the exploits of Marcus Aurelius and are lined up on the first landing, while another three portraying the Emperor Hadrian are distributed one on each landing. 
On the top floor, on either side of the entrance to the Picture Gallery, two splendid panels inlaid with coloured marble from the Basilica Iunii Bassi on the Esquiline face each other

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