View 1 of Lot 87. A Roman Marble Season Sarcophagus Fragment, 3rd Century A.D..
View 1 of Lot 87. A Roman Marble Season Sarcophagus Fragment, 3rd Century A.D..
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A Roman Marble Season Sarcophagus Fragment, 3rd Century A.D.

Estimate:

7,000 - 10,000 GBP

A Roman Marble Season Sarcophagus Fragment, 3rd Century A.D.

A Roman Marble Season Sarcophagus Fragment, 3rd Century A.D.

Estimate:

7,000 - 10,000 GBP

A Roman Marble Season Sarcophagus Fragment

3rd Century A.D.


from the left corner of a sarcophagus, carved in front in high relief with the figure of an erote personifying a season, holding a basket of fruit or flowers in his raised right hand and the folds of his billowing mantle in his left hand, a broad crimped ribbon slung from his right shoulder to his left hip, and decorated in shallow relief on the side with the forequarters of a griffin; no restorations.

54.5 by 23.5 by 21 cm.

Hôtel Drouot, Paris, November 6th, 1987, no. 133, illus.
Robert Belfen, acquired at the above sale
Drouot Richelieu, Paris, Millon, May 27th, 2019, no. 203, illus.
acquired at the above sale

The other end of the sarcophagus to which this fragment belonged was once with gallery A la Reine Margot in Paris (photograph published in undated and unpaginated catalogue).

For a related sarcophagus with Seasons flanking a clipeus see P. Kranz, Jahreszeiten-Sarkophage (ASR 5.4), 1984, cat. no. 41, pls. 26,2, 28,2, 29,2, and 31,6 (http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/14218).