Exhibitions/ Art Object

Marble sarcophagus fragment with a marriage scene

Period:
Mid-Imperial, Severan
Date:
early 3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall: 19 x 15 3/4 x 2 1/2in. (48.3 x 40 x 6.4cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
18.145.52
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
Marriage was a monogamous institution in the Greco-Roman world. A primary purpose of marriage was to produce legitimate children, and the attraction that Eros, also known as Cupid or Amor to the Romans, could bring to the marriage union certainly helped to achieve that end. The god's appearance in marriage scenes such as this one was common.
McCann, Anna Marguerite. 1978. Roman Sarcophagi in the Metropoltian Museum of Art. no. 21, pp. 124-29, 1, fig. 157, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Kleiner, Diana and Susan B. Matheson. 1996. I Claudia: Women in Ancient Rome p. 208, fig. 163, New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery.

Related Objects

Marble sarcophagus with the Triumph of Dionysos and the Seasons

Date: ca. A.D. 260–270 Medium: Marble Accession: 55.11.5 On view in:Gallery 162

Marble sarcophagus with garlands

Date: ca. A.D. 200–225 Medium: Marble, Proconnesian Accession: 70.1 On view in:Gallery 169

Right corner of a marble sarcophagus with the myth of Apollo and the satyr Marsyas

Date: ca. A.D. 210–230 Medium: Marble Accession: 15.170 On view in:Gallery 169

Marble sarcophagus fragment: Eros leaning on a reversed torch

Date: mid-2nd century A.D. Medium: Marble-Luni Accession: 49.101.16 On view in:Gallery 169

Marble sarcophagus fragment: Eros mounted on a horse

Date: 1st half of the 3rd century A.D. Medium: Marble Accession: 26.60.86 On view in:Gallery 169