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Garland Sarcophagus
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Garland Sarcophagus


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Description Unlike many sarcophagi, this one is carved on all four sides in high relief. Garlands held by winged goddesses or personifications on the corners and Eros (Cupid) figures on the sides support the busts of a crowned deity (left) and a young girl (right). The sarcophagus was probably intended for her. In the center, on both the front and back, is a theatrical mask-on this side Tragedy, on the other, Comedy. Medusa heads decorate the ends. The lid takes the form of a temple roof with a pediment (triangular gable) at each end. This sarcophagus can be traced to a particular workshop active near the ancient quarry of Dokimeion in Phrygia in Asia Minor. Its discovery in Rome illustrates the long-distance trade in even very large, heavy luxury goods that took place at the height of the Roman Empire.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
6/26/1961Treatmentcleaned
7/20/1970Treatmentcleaned
9/29/2000Treatmentother
1/16/2008Treatmentstabilized; loss compensation; other
9/29/2009Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation
5/16/2011Treatmentstabilized
5/17/2011Examinationexamined for exhibition
Exhibitions
  • Treasures of Heaven. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The British Museum, London. 2010-2011.
Provenance [Excavated from the so-called Licinian tomb, Rome, 1885]; Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome, 1885, by excavation; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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Period
150-180 (Imperial)
Medium
Dokimeion marble
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
23.29
Measurements
H: 32 7/8 x W: 56 7/16 x D: 27 1/2 in. (83.5 x 143.35 x 69.85 cm)
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