Date: late 2nd–early 3rd century A.D.
Medium: Terracotta; Rhône valley ware
Dimensions: width 3 5/8in. (9.2cm)
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number: 17.194.2125
The appliqué depicts a charioteer in his quadriga, holding the victor’s crown and palm branch. In Rome chariot racing was organized into teams, each identified by a color—red, white, blue, or green. The Latin inscription to the left on the medallion indicates that the victor belonged to the Greens. The Roman circus factions, who supported the different teams, were as fanatical and devoted as modern sports fans.