Fragment of sarcophagus relief with the fall of Troy
about A.D. 140
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 242; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 112 (additional published references).
Overall: 28 x 19cm (11 x 7 1/2in.) Weight: 35 lb. (15.88 kg)
Medium or Technique
Marble, Dolomitic from the Greek island of Thasos
Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)
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.
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.
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
Harriet Otis Cruft Fund