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A ROMAN MARBLE SARCOPHAGUS LID FRAGMENT WITH CIRCUS SCENE, CIRCA LATE 3RD CENTURY A.D.

Property from the Estate of Vera Gordon

A ROMAN MARBLE SARCOPHAGUS LID FRAGMENT WITH CIRCUS SCENE, CIRCA LATE 3RD CENTURY A.D.

A ROMAN MARBLE SARCOPHAGUS LID FRAGMENT WITH CIRCUS SCENE, CIRCA LATE 3RD CENTURY A.D.

Property from the Estate of Vera Gordon

A ROMAN MARBLE SARCOPHAGUS LID FRAGMENT WITH CIRCUS SCENE, CIRCA LATE 3RD CENTURY A.D.


carved in high relief with a prostrate charioteer wearing a ribbed leather corslet, two race horses, one wearing a lunula pendant, the other mostly missing, and two magistrates each wearing a toga with contabulatio, one holding a mappa or scroll, the heads of two figures carved in low relief in the background; no restorations.

38 by 34.3 by 13 cm.


Fragmentary as shown. Extensive remains of incrustation, especially over lower half. Chips and abrasions overall. Flange of lid partially preserved in back.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Vera Gordon, née Denby (1927-2018), Eaton Square, London, acquired over years 20 ago based on her family's recollections

For a related example at Villa Giolitti in Montepulciano see J. Ronke, Magistratische Repräsentation im römischen Relief. Studien zu standes- und statusbezeichnenden Szenen, 1987, p. 735, no. 201, fig. 208 (http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/marbilderbestand/3381535), discussed by H. Wrede, Senatorische Sarkophage Roms, 2001, p. 80.