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Sarcophagus lid fragment: sea monsters

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The design of this fragment is almost sketched rather than carved in low relief. Below the flat band of molding at the top appears the large, fishy tail of a sea beast swimming over the waves to the right. This creature is being followed by a pair of sea lions or leopards, the closer beast...

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Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Charles C. Perkins

Roman, Late Roman Imperial Period, Late Roman, about A.D. 350

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 273; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 113 (additional published references).

Dimensions

21.5 x 48 cm (8 7/16 x 18 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

76.750

Medium or Technique

Stone, marble from western Asia Minor

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi