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"...a masterpiece of its kind."
Gavin Hamilton (who discovered the piece) in a letter to Sir Charles Townley
"...so the vertragi are named for their swiftness."
Arrian, Cynegeticus (III.6)
Found near Civita Lavinia (Lanuvium) on a spur of the Alban Hills south of Rome, this endearing sculpture is in the closed Townley Collection of the British Museum.
A similar pair, equally affectionate, are in the Pio-Clementine Museum (Vatican).
Reference: "Gavin Hamilton's Letters to Townley" (1901) by A. H. Smith, The Journal of Hellenic Studies, 21, 306-321.
See also Charles Townley.
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