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Sarcophagus with the Abduction of Persephone by Hades
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Sarcophagus with the Abduction of Persephone by Hades


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Description Persephone, daughter of Demeter and Zeus, is abducted by the bearded Hades, king of the underworld. On the left, Demeter is desperately searching for Persephone, while Hades, on the right, is taking her to his realm in a chariot. Several important gods are involved in the events: Artemis (wearing a short dress) with the helmeted Athena in the center, and Hermes (with his winged helmet), who appears twice as the accomplice of Hades. The ends of the sarcophagus are ancient but did not originally belong to this piece. They were added sometime after the sarcophagus left the collection of the famous 18th-century sculptor and restorer Bartolomeo Cavaceppi (ca. 1716-99), who displayed the front part over the doorway of his house.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
11/29/1965Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation
7/20/1970Treatmentcleaned
1/23/1978Treatmentcleaned
1/01/1992Technical Reportx-ray diffraction; other
Exhibitions
  • In Search of Ancient Treasure: 40 Years of Collecting. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1978.
  • Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
Provenance Cavaceppi Family Collection; Michel Zoppo, La Colonna, Rome, by purchase; Hesperia Art , Philadelphia; Walters Art Museum, 1965, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1965

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Creator
Period
200-225 (Imperial Roman)
Medium
marble
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
23.219
Measurements
18 5/16 x 20 3/4 x 79 3/4 in. (46.5 x 52.7 x 202.6 cm)
Geography
  • Italy, Rome (Place of Discovery)

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