Fragment of a Muse sarcophagus

Roman
about mid-3rd century A.D.


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 253; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 113 (additional published references).

Dimensions

22.5 x 15.5 cm (8 7/8 x 6 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

76.729

Medium or Technique

Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coffins and sarcophagi

The fragment is broken or cut away on all outer edges. What remains is fresh enough, with a yellow patina.
There remain a section of drapery, a right forearm and hand, the latter placed on a mask of Herakles that appears to have been balanced on a little pedestal. The figure is Melpomene.

Scientific Analysis:
Harvard Lab No. HI250: Isotope ratios - delta13C +1.42 / delta18O -8.05, Attribution - Naxos, Pentelikon, Denizli 2.
Harvard Lab No. HI878: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.08 / delta18O -8.58 and Isotope ratios - delta13C +3.00 / delta18O -8.90, Attribution - Pentelikon, Justification - White, fine grained marble.
(‘micaceous’ area)Harvard Lab No. HI879: Isotope ratios - delta13C +1.79 / delta18O -9.62, Attribution - Pentelikon, Justification - White, fine grained marble.
(sample from top back)Harvard Lab No. HI880: Isotope ratios - delta13C +3.04 / delta18O -7.38, Attribution - Pentelikon, Justification - White, fine grained marble.

Provenance

By date unknown: Charles C. Perkins Collection; gift of Charles C. Perkins to MFA, 1876

Credit Line

Gift of Charles C. Perkins