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A Roman Marble Strigillated Sarcophagus, 1st Quarter of the 3rd Century A.D.

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A Roman Marble Strigillated Sarcophagus

1st Quarter of the 3rd Century A.D.

of rectangular form, carved in front at each end with a torch-bearing erote, and in the central panel with the Three Graces flanked by panels of strigillation, each of the short sides with crossed shields and spears, the lid carved with a central panel of 18th century inscription held by a pair of flying erotes flanked by a second pair, the corners of the lid ornamented with erotes leaning on torches.

58 by 208 by 62 cm.

Thomas Mansel-Talbot (1747-1813), Margam Park (early 19th century), then Penrice Castle (late 19th century), South Wales, acquired in Rome in 1769-1773 from either Gavin Hamilton or Thomas Jenkins
Robin Symes, Ltd., London
California private collection, acquired from the above in 1989
James Dallaway, Anecdotes of the Arts in England, London, 1800, p. 348, no. 18
Adolf Michaelis, Ancient Marbles in Great Britain, Cambridge, 1882, p. 595
K. Abbott, "On an Inscribed Sarcophagus at Penrice Castle, South Wales", Hermathena, vol. 14, 1907, pp. 280-282, illus.
Gerhart Rodenwaldt, "The Three Graces on a Fluted Sarcophagus," Journal of Roman Studies, vol. 28, 1938, p. 61, no. 2; 
Alberto Balil, "El Mosaico de “Las Tres Gracias”", de Barcelona," Archivo Español de Arqueología, vol. 31, 1958, p. 79, no. 44; 
Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, vol. 3, 1986, p. 205, no. 28
Hellmut Sichtermann, Die mythologischen Sarkophage. Apollon bis Grazien [Die antiken Sarkophagreliefs, vol. XII.2], Berlin, 1992, p. 176, no. 162, pls. 125,4 and 127,8
Dagmar Grassinger, in: A. Scholl et al., Die antiken Skulpturen in Farnborough Hall sowie in Althorp House, Blenheim Palace, Lyme Park und Penrice Castle, Mainz, 1995, pp. 90-92, no. P1, pls. 74-78
Glenys Davies, "Enhancing by Inscription in the Late Eighteenth Century: The Case of Henry Blundell’s Ash Chests," in: The Afterlife of Inscriptions: Reusing, Rediscovering, Reinventing & Revitalizing Ancient Inscriptions, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies. Supplement, vol. 75, Oxford 2000, p. 120, note 32