Panel of a diptych; the other leaf is now lost. Three men of senatorial rank, all wearing togas, sit on a balcony watching a stag-fight in the arena below. The depiction of a staged hunt gives the panel its conventional name of 'Venatio' (Latin = hunt).
A diptych consists of two leaves, hinged together. The inner sides are sunken panels, originally containing wax; the outer sides are elaborately carved. The wax would have been inscribed with a formal letter of notification or invitation.
The Venatio panel is first attested in the collection of P.G.de Roujoux at Macon in 1804. It then passed to Vivant Denon in Paris and then via Bruno Denon to Gabor Fejérváry. Fejérváry (1781-1851) was born in the modern-day Slovak Republic. In 1851 Fejérváry's collection was bequeathed to his nephew, Ferenc Pulszky, who sold the collection to Joseph Mayer in 1855.