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Lid and end panels of a lead sarcophagus

Period:
Imperial
Date:
late 2nd–mid 3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Lead
Dimensions:
Overall: 18 3/4 x 63 3/4 x 17 1/4 in. (47.6 x 161.9 x 43.8 cm)
Classification:
Miscellaneous-Lead
Credit Line:
Gift of The Kevorkian Foundation, 1965
Accession Number:
65.148
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
This coffin has been attributed to a workshop at Tyre on the grounds of its decorative elements and the fact that the two end panels have different designs—one a temple façade, and the other a star pattern of rosettes. The motifs were impressed into the lead with stamps, often used repeatedly. Although all of the sarcophagus (apart from its base) has survived, the lead is now too brittle and delicate to allow a complete reconstruction.
McCann, Anna Marguerite. 1978. Roman Sarcophagi in the Metropoltian Museum of Art. no. 26, pp. 142, 147-48, figs. 184-87, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 426, pp. 367, 488-89, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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