A Roman Marble Garland Sarcophagus Fragment, circa A.D. 135
10,000 - 15,000 GBP
A Roman Marble Garland Sarcophagus Fragment
circa A.D. 135
the short side of a sarcophagus showing erotes holding garlands, carved in relief with a frontal tragic mask set within a swag of deeply-drilled oak leaves and acorns suspended between the corner erote and a stylised bucranium, the remaining section of the front carved with a fragmentary line of Latin inscription reading fece]runt ("had it made", in the plural) above the erote, a vertical channel cutting across the top of the mask for attachment of the lid with a metal clamp.
47 by 57 cm.
As shown. Ancient polish well preserved on the whole.
Note losses to lower corners. Minor chips, abrasions, and scratches overall.
Patches of incrustation.
Mortise through forehead for attachment of iron clamp that would have held lid in place. Rust stains.
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