Section of a sarcophagus lid: hunting child or Amorino

Roman


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 259.

Dimensions

21 x 33 cm (8 1/4 x 13 in.)

Accession Number

76.714

Medium or Technique

Stone; Greek marble, probably from the mainland

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coffins and sarcophagi

The section of relief has been cut or broken somewhat irregularly on the right edge and along the bottom. The surfaces are somewhat weathered and discolored.
The large face of a nature god from the left front corner of a sarcophagus lid has been set beside a figure from the framed front panel of that lid. The boy or Amorino raising his spear was part of a scene of children hunting which filled the area in the long rectangle between this sea or wind god mask and its mate on the opposite front corner.
Lids of this type were fitted on both sarcophagi with mythological hunting scenes, such as the “Hunt of the Calydonian Boar,” and sarcophagi with actual scenes of the deceased as a hunter. In the instance of Meleager’s hunt, the playful vignettes of a lid such as this formed restful, impersonal echoes of the tragedy acted out in the ten or twelve canonical episodes on the front and ends of the body of the sarcophagus.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Charles C. Perkins