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Sarcophagus fragment: galloping horses

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The fragment is of an irregular, "diamond" shape. What remains of the surfaces is in fairly good condition. The poses of the horses suggest a scene of rapid motion in a chariot, perhaps the abduction of Persephone to the underworld. A large sarcophagus with chariot-race of Erotes in the Circus...

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By date unknown: Charles C. Perkins Collection; gift of Charles C. Perkins to MFA, 1876

Credit Line

Gift of Charles C. Perkins

Roman, Imperial Period, first quarter of 3rd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 264; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 113 (additional published references).


Height: 30 cm (11 13/16 in.); width: 23 cm ( 9 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Stone, pentelic marble


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi