Fragment of sarcophagus

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).


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


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


The Ancient World



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.


1973, sold by Mohammad Yeganeh (dealer; b. 1929 - d. 2012), Frankfurt, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1973)

Credit Line

Mary S. and Edward Jackson Holmes Fund