Marble strigilated sarcophagus

Period: Imperial, Late Severan

Date: ca. A.D. 220

Culture: Roman

Medium: Marble

Dimensions: Overall dimensions: h. 32 5/16 x l. 85 7/16 x d. 35 13/16 in. (82 x 217 x 91 cm)

Classification: Stone Sculpture

Credit Line: Purchase, Ruth E. White Bequest and Leon Levy Foundation, Philodoroi, Renée E. and Robert A. Belfer, The Concordia Foundation, Dr. Lewis M. Dubroff, Roger and Susan Hertog, and The Joseph Rosen Foundation Inc. Gifts, 2005

Accession Number: 2005.258

Description

Originally, the sarcophagus would have been furnished with a lid and placed in a monumental tomb, probably in a niche or on a ledge with its plain back against the wall. The ferocious-looking lions' heads stand out powerfully against the restrained, almost soothing effect of the strigilated panels on the front. This distinctive type of decoration is restricted largely to sarcophagi produced in the city of Rome. The marble is Proconnesian, imported from northwestern Asia Minor.

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