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Early 18th C. Engraving - Sacrifce - Trajan Column

Europe, original copperplate engraving - a double plate - entitled "Sacrifce", ca. early 18th century CE. "1719 and RARE OLD PRINT" handwritten in pencil at lower edge. A Neoclassical engraving of a section of the Classical frieze from the Column of Trajan in Rome, among the most superb relief sculptures in existence, narrating the victories against the Dacians defeated by Emperor Marcus Ulpius Trajanus (52-117 CE) in 104 CE. Public sacrifices such as the sacrifice of four bulls depicted in this relief played a major role in the Roman state religion. The animal sacrifice honored a particular divinity, and also allowed for ritual communal feasting following the sacrifice - providing not only nutritious sustenance to citizens but also reinforcing community bonds in the vicinity of the sanctuary. Size: plate measures 17.625" W x 12.75" H (44.8 cm x 32.4 cm); sheet measures 20" W x 17.125" H (50.8 cm x 43.5 cm)

Title "SACRIFCE" above the engraving. "Colonne Trajane" below it. "LXIX, Pl. a la 166, page T. II" at upper right. "Tome II 69" at lower right.

Condition: Strong plate mark. Visible crease down center as this was a double plate. Fold marks at lower corners. Tiny loss to upper right corner that does not interfere with the image. Paper shows normal toning, particularly to margins. Taped to laid paper backing at upper edge.

Provenance: private Lucille Lucas collection, Crested Butte, Colorado, USA

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