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Relief from a Season sarcophagus with two winged cupids

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Two winged youths or genii personify the seasons Summer and Autumn. Summer holds a basket of flowers and fruits, and another basket lies at his feet. Autumn has returned with his barking hound from the hunt and holds the captured hare and a cornucopia. A small Eros and another hare filling the...

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Provenance

By about 1600 to 19th century at least: in the Palazzo Giustiniani (now Palazzo Madama) collection (the complete side of the sarcophagus is illustrated in P. Kranz, Jahreszeiten-Sarkophage, pl. 34); by date unknown: Abraham C. Webber Collection (acquired in an antique shop on Cape Cod); by date unknown: Mrs. Abraham C. Webber Collection; gift of Mrs. Abraham C. Webber to MFA, June 5, 1958

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Abraham C. Webber in memory of Mr. Abraham C. Webber

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 280

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 248; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 113 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Overall: 70 x 57 x 17cm (27 9/16 x 22 7/16 x 6 11/16in.) Weight: 83.92 kg (185 lb.)

Accession Number

58.584

Medium or Technique

Marble, probably from the island of Proconnesos in the Sea of Marmara

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture