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Marble strigilated sarcophagus

Period:
Imperial, Late Severan
Date:
ca. A.D. 220
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall dimensions: h. 32 5/16 x l. 85 7/16 x d. 35 13/16 in. (82 x 217 x 91 cm)
Classification:
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:
2005.258
  • Description

    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.

  • Provenance

    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.

  • References

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

    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. 466, pp. 397, 496-97.

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