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Sarcophagus with Portrait Medallion, Shepherd, and Two Lion Heads

19 11/16 x 72 1/16 x 20 7/8 in. (50 x 183 x 53 cm)

Unknown, Roman

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Marble
Credit Line: R. T. Miller Fund
Accession Number: 1949.72
Location: Currently on view
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This marble coffin, or sarcophagus, once featured a matching marble lid. The central round frame holds a portrait of the deceased, likely a later personalization carved by the sculpture workshop at the time of purchase. Roman sarcophagi were not buried, but displayed with other markers and monuments along the main roads outside the city gates.

[Gallery label text, 2009]

Mrs. Helen Hay Whitney, New York; her sale, held at her residence by Parke-Bernet, New York, February 6-7, 1946; Joseph Brummer, New York (dealer); his sale, part III, Parke Bernet Galleries, New York, June 8-9, 1949, lot 552; purchased at that sale by the Gallery

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