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Marble sarcophagus with garlands

Period:
Severan
Date:
ca. A.D. 200–225
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble, Proconnesian
Dimensions:
Overall: 53 x 88in. (134.6 x 223.5cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Abdo Debbas, 1870
Accession Number:
70.1
  • Description

    This was the first gift accepted by the Museum.

    The back and cover of this sarcophagus are unfinished, and its inscription tablet is blank, which may imply that it went unsold in antiquity. Garlands of oak leaves supported by two erotes and four Victories adorn the front and sides. Medusa heads fill the spaces above the garlands, except in the center of the front, where there is the blank inscription tablet. Six erotes hunt various wild animals along the front face of the cover, while two others stand at the corners. On the left end, Eros awakens Psyche with an arrow, and on the right, they embrace.

  • Provenance

    Found at Tarsus, Cilicia, near the bridge over the Cydnus River in 1863 (Davis 1879, p. 31).

  • References

    Cesnola, Luigi Palma di and Dr. Joan R. Mertens. 1903. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 3, pt. 2. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

    McClees, Helen. 1924. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 135.

    Rodenwaldt, Gerhart. 1927. Die Kunst der antike Hellas und Rom. Berlin: Propyläen-verlag, p. 699, pl. 6.

    Rodenwaldt, Gerhart. 1933. "Sarcophagi from Xanthos." Journal of Hellenic Studies, 53: no. 57, p. 204, n 73.

    Bandinelli, Ranuccio Bianchi. 1966. Enciclopedia dell'Arte Antica, Classica e Orientale, Vol. 7. Rome: Instituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, p. 628, fig. 747.

    McNally, Sheila. 1971. "The Frieze of the Mausoleum at Split." Studies Presented to George M.A. Hanfman, David Gordon Mitten, John D. Pedley, and Jane Ayer Scott, eds. Cambridge, Mass.: Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museums, p. 110, n 38.

    McCann, Anna Marguerite. 1978. Roman Sarcophagi in the Metropoltian Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 2, pp. 21, 29-33, figs. 23-24, 26.

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1994. Oidipous-Theseus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 7. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen, Psyche, no. 111 bis.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 468, pp. 3, 398, 497, figs. 1a, b.

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