Fragment of sarcophagus

Roman
Imperial Period
about A.D. 200–225


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 246; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 113 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height x width x thickness: 53 x 38 x 18 cm (20 7/8 x 14 15/16 x 7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

1973.480

Medium or Technique

Marble with considerable small crystals, probably from western or northwest Asia Minor

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The upper molding consists of an enriched, rolled fillet, two flat bands, and a heavy egg-and-dart course, the last deeply undercut to produce strong shadows. Two wingless Amorini or children are preserved as far as their thighs. The first wearing a cloak over the left shoulder and a strap around the back of the neck, under the right, staggers uncertainly to the right, an undetermined object (perhaps an empty cup) in the lowered right hand. The second child supports him with both hands, the visible one reaching to his side.
There are old breaks on the sides and below, with fresh damage here and there over these, and across the forehead of the child or Amorino on the left. The raised fillet or groove for fitting on the lid remains at the rear of the top finished surface.

Provenance

By 1973: with Mohammad Yeganeh, Telemannstrasse 5, 6 Frankfurt/M., Germany; purchased by MFA from Mohammad Yeganeh, June 13, 1973

Credit Line

Mary S. and Edward Jackson Holmes Fund