Period: Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
Date: 1st half of 1st century A.D.
Dimensions: H. 9/16 in. (1.5 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of W. Gedney Beatty, 1941
Accession Number: 41.160.710
In the Early Imperial period, a popular part of the gladiatorial games was the morning program in which armed gladiators called venatores (hunters) were pitted against wild animals. The Romans also liked to see different kinds of animals fighting each other.