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Landscape relief with still-life scene of temple, lobster, murex shell

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This rectangular marble relief presents what is known as a Roman still life, in this case, it is composed of an unusual assortment of objects placed in and around an architectural structure, seemingly a ruin. An oversized crayfish hangs in the foreground and makes a strong vertical accent....

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By date unknown: K. J. Hewett Collection, Kent, England (seen by Peter Sharrer in 1972 and said to have been there for a number of years prior); by 1978: with Peter Sharrer, 39 East 78th Street, New York; purchased by MFA from Peter Sharrer, December 19, 1979

Credit Line

Classical Department Exchange Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, 1st century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 017; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 137.


Height x width: 29.5 x 19.5 cm (11 5/8 x 7 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, Greek island


The Ancient World