Marble sarcophagus fragment with a marriage scene
- Mid-Imperial, Severan
- early 3rd century A.D.
- Overall: 19 x 15 3/4 x 2 1/2in. (48.3 x 40 x 6.4cm)
- Stone Sculpture
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1918
- Accession Number:
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.