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