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Sarcophagus and lid with portraits of husband and wife

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The cover of the sarcophagus shows a man and woman lying nearly facing each other on a bed with pillows and a large sheet wrapped about them.The portrait of the man is of particular interest to the study of Etruscan (and Early Roman) portraiture, foreshadowing in many respects the Roman...

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By 1845/46: according to Dennis, Cities and Cemeteries of Etruria, p. 472, this sarcophagus and MFA 86.145 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); by 1887: Boston Athenaeum Collection (Ath. 1281); loaned by Boston Athenaeum to MFA from 1887 to 1975 (loan no.1070 a&b); 1975: purchased by MFA from the Boston Athenaeum; approved by Committee on the Collections, March 10, 1976; recorded as gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III, by exchange

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Museum purchase with funds by exchange from a Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III

Italic, Etruscan, Late Classical or Hellenistic Period, Late 4th–early 3rd century B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Vulci, Lazio, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 384; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 116 (additional published references); Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 095.


Height : 88 cm (34 5/8 in.); width: 73 cm ( 28 3/4 in.); length: 210 cm (82 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Volcanic tuff


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi