Fragment of sarcophagus relief with the fall of Troy

Roman
Imperial Period
about A.D. 140


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 242; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 112 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Overall: 28 x 19cm (11 x 7 1/2in.) Weight: 35 lb. (15.88 kg)

Accession Number

69.2

Medium or Technique

Marble, Dolomitic from the Greek island of Thasos

On View

Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The fragment, the Trojan Horse within the walls, is part of the left front end, near the corner, of the lid of a large sarcophagus with scenes from the Trojan Wars, particularly the capture of the city.
The bottom surface is finely finished; the top rear is roughly chiseled. Other edges are broken irregularly. The remaining sculptured surfaces are incrusted but otherwise legible.

Scientific Analysis:
Marble has been scientifically tested with X-Ray Diffraction and determined to be Dolomitic.
Harvard Lab No. HI117a: Isotope ratios - delta13C +3.39 / delta18O -3.32, Attribution - Thasos-Cape Vathy, Justification - Dolomitic by XRD.

Provenance

By 1960: with Ars Antiqua AG, Haldenstrasse 5, Lucerne, Switzerland (Ars Antiqua auction 2, Hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, May 14, 1960, lot 60); by 1969: with Spink & Son, Ltd., 5, 6 & 7 King Street, St. James's, London, SW 1; purchased by MFA from Spink & Son, Ltd., January 8, 1969

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund