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Marble sarcophagus fragment

Mid-Imperial, Antonine
mid-2nd century A.D.
Marble, Luni and Pentelic
Other (reconstructed): 38 1/8 in. × 8 3/4 in. × 46 7/8 in. (96.8 × 22.2 × 119.1 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The relief, which originally formed the front panel of a large sarcophagus, depicts the death of the Greek hero Meleager, famous for killing the Calydonian boar. On other Roman sarcophagi this scene accompanies that of the hunt itself, showing Meleager spearing the ferocious boar. However, here the focus is on the dying hero who is being carried home surrounded by his grieving father and companions. During the Renaissance the scene became the prototype for artistic representations of the Deposition of Christ. The panel, as it now survives, includes 16th-century restorations.
Acquired in 1920, purchased from Paul Hartwig, Rome.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1921. "Greek and Roman Accessions." Bullletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 16 (1): p. 14.

Coombs, Margaret E. 1922. "Classical Accessions: V. Roman Marbles." Bullletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 17 (2): pp. 34-35.

McCann, Anna Marguerite. 1978. Roman Sarcophagi in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 8, pp. 21, 61-66, fig. 64, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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