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The body of the sarcophagus has been broken into a number of sections requiring extensive repairs. The lid is 00.683.2. A man in an ample himation reclines on a pillow, a libation dish in his right hand. He resembles the famous obesus etruscus so popular in the last two centuries of Etruscan...

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According to a letter from the American Exploration Society, dated December 15, 1900, the sarcophagus was one of sixteen sarcophagi found in the necropolis of the ancient city of Musarna in the territory of Viterbo, on the bank of the River Leia, now part of the estate of Signor Alarico Piatti; gift of the American Exploration Society to MFA, December, 1900

Credit Line

Gift of the American Exploration Society

Italic, Etruscan, Late Etruscan (Hellenistic) Period, 2nd or 1st century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 386.


Height x width x length: 63 x 58 x 210 cm (24 13/16 x 22 13/16 x 82 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Volcanic stone (peperino or tufa)


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi