Marble strigilated sarcophagus


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.

Marble strigilated sarcophagus, Marble, Roman

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