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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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Provenance

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).

Dimensions

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.)

Accession Number

1975.359

Medium or Technique

Marble, from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi