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Marble sarcophagus with flying erotes holding a clipeus portrait

Period:
Severan
Date:
ca. A.D. 190–200
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble, Proconnesian
Dimensions:
Overall: 17 3/4 x 70 1/2 x 21 in. (45.1 x 179.1 x 53.3 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph V. Noble, 1956
Accession Number:
56.145
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
The young beardless soldier commemorated in the portrait wears a military cloak, pinned at his right shoulder. The portrait borne aloft implied the ascent of the deceased to the heavens, while Tellus and Oceanus, the Earth and Ocean, reclined below, symbolizing the regenerative cycles of life. The central scene is framed at either end by the embracing figures of winged Eros and of Psyche, personification of the human soul.
McCann, Anna Marguerite. 1978. Roman Sarcophagi in the Metropoltian Museum of Art. no. 19, pp. 22, 118-22, figs. 149, 152-5, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Cohon, Robert. 2015. "Roman Metrics and Roman Sarcophagi." Römische Sarkophage: Akten des Internationalen Werkstattgesprächs 11.-13. Oktober 2012 (Graz), Barbara Porod and Gabriele Koiner, eds. cat. 14, p. 83, Graz: Universalmuseum Joanneum.

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