Fragment of sarcophagus relief with the fall of Troy

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).


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble, Dolomitic from the Greek island of Thasos

On View

Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)


The Ancient World



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.


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