Metropolitan Museum of Art Cast Collection


Scale model of the Arch of Augustus at Susa, circa 1st century BCE. Origin site is Susa, Turin, in the Piedmont province of Italy.

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Type of Artwork


Time Period/Geographical Region

Ancient Rome

Height (cm/in)

81.28 cm / 32 in

Width (cm/in)

81.01 cm / 31.5 in

Depth (cm/in)

57.15 cm / 22.5 in


Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Sculpture


This cast is a scale model of a triumphal arch found in the city of Susa, Italy. It was originally built in the 1st century by a local king named Marcus Julius Cottius, who dedicated it to Augustus, the first emperor of Rome. Triumphal arches were built by Romans to mark the important achievements of imperial rule. The arch bears an dedication inscription (not visible on our scale model) and a frieze with sculptural reliefs that runs horizontally above the archway and columns. The frieze depicts a sacrifice known as suovetaurilia, where pigs, sheep, and bulls were led to the slaughter to appease the gods.



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Arch of Augustus at Susa


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