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Lenos (vat-shaped) sarcophagus

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The exercises of trainers with goads and unharnessed African lions are shown in the theatric undercutting, flattening, and distortions of the Late Antique sculpture, in which the death throes of the quadruped victims are made to seem like part of a forceful yet distorted ballet. The trainers...

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By about 1969: with Jeannette Brun, Dufourstrasse 119, Zurich 8008, Switzerland (purchased by Jeannette Brun from M. Frey, Geneva, who in turn had purchased it from an English collection about 40 years previously; presumably from Italy); purchased by MFA from Jeannette Brun, September 10, 1975

Credit Line

Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 260–270

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 244A; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 113 (additional published references).


Overall: 77.5 x 208cm (30 1/2 x 81 7/8in.) Case (Rolling steel pedestal with wooden skirts): 77.5 x 228.6 x 78.1 cm (30 1/2 x 90 x 30 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi