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Marble strigilated sarcophagus

Imperial, Late Severan
ca. A.D. 220
Overall dimensions: h. 32 5/16 x l. 85 7/16 x d. 35 13/16 in. (82 x 217 x 91 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Ruth E. White Bequest and Leon Levy Foundation, Philodoroi, Renée E. and Robert A. Belfer, The Concordia Foundation, Dr. Lewis M. Dubroff, Roger and Susan Hertog, and The Joseph Rosen Foundation Inc. Gifts, 2005
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
The sarcophagus was furnished with a lid and placed in a monumental tomb, probably in a niche or on a ledge, with its plain back against the wall. The ferocious-looking lions' heads stand out powerfully against the restrained, almost soothing effect of the strigilated panels on the front. Thisdistinctive type of decoration is restricted largely to sarcophagi made in Rome. The marble is Proconnesian, imported from northwestern Asia Minor.
By about 1830, private collection, France; November 11-12, 2001, purchased by Alain Moatti from Drouot-Montaigne, Paris; [2001-2005, with Alain Moatti, Paris]; acquired in June 2005, purchased from Alain Moatti, Paris.
Hôtel Drouot. 2001. Archeologie. November 11-12, 2001. lot 320.

Picón, Carlos A. 2006. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2005-2006." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 64(2): pp. 8–9.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2006. "One Hundred Thirty-sixth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 136: p. 28.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 466, pp. 397, 496–97, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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