A finely rendered group of two terracotta appliques modelled in openwork technique in high relief, in the shape of a panther and a lion. Both felines are showed in profile, standing on a rocky ground line, leaning forward with one front leg raised. Much attention is given towards the naturalistic rendering of anatomical features, such as the muscular, tense body and the mane. Each applique features a pierced hole for suspension or attachment, and a flat, unworked reverse. Much of the original gilding is visible trough the animals’ body. The appliques are dated between the 4th and 3rd centuries BC, and were produced in Tarentum, one of the Greek colonies in Magna Graecia.
Date: Circa 4th-3rd Century BC