Lid and end panels of a lead sarcophagus, Lead, Roman

Lid and end panels of a lead sarcophagus

Late Imperial
late 2nd–mid 3rd century A.D.
Overall: 18 3/4 x 63 3/4 x 17 1/4 in. (47.6 x 161.9 x 43.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of The Kevorkian Foundation, 1965
Accession Number:
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.
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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.

Karoglou, Kyriaki. 2018. "Dangerous Beauty : Medusa in Classical Art." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 75(3): p. 21, fig. 28.