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Sarcophagus and lid with husband and wife

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The top of the cover takes the form of a bed with pillows, and a man and his wife embrace under a large sheet. She wears a complex earring and he a bracelet of twisted strands. There is no costume visible. On the long side below the man is a frieze with four pairs of Greeks and Amazons in...

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Provenance

By 1845/46: according to Dennis, Cities and Cemeteries of Etruria, p. 472, this sarcophagus and MFA 1975.799 were found at Vulci in the winter of 1845 to 1846 and taken to Musignano; Princess of Canino Collection at Musignano; by unknown date: James Jackson Jarves Collection (according to a catalogue of the exhibition of his collection in 1883, the two sarcophagi were found in the winter of 1842-1843 on the banks of the river Fiora near Vulci); purchased by MFA, 1886

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution and the Benjamin Pierce Cheney Fund

Italic, Etruscan, Late Classical or Early Hellenistic Period, 350–300 B.C.

Findspot

Vulci, Lazio, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 383; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 116 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height x width x length: 93.3 x 117.4 x 213.8 cm (36 3/4 x 46 1/4 x 84 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

86.145a-b

Medium or Technique

Travertine

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi