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Sarcophagus with Victories
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Sarcophagus with Victories

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Description The scene on the front of this sarcophagus, carved in high relief, shows two figures of Victory holding standards and flanking a large shield decorated with a Gorgon's head. As is typical in Roman illustrations of triumphs, figures representing vanquished barbarian prisoners are seated below the central shield. Both prisoners are female; the one on the right appears lost in grief, while the figure on the left sits proudly with her head raised. Towards the corners, large Eros figures carry garlands of laurel. Across the front of the lid, winged Eros figures imitate the central scene below, while others erect a trophy from captured armor. The symbolism of the whole celebrates the victory of life over death.
Date Description Narrative
3/18/1983Technical Reportexamined for technical study
1/01/1992Technical Reportx-ray diffraction; other
  • Things With Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2005-2006.
Provenance [Excavated from the so-called Licinian tomb, via Piave, Rome, 1885]; Clemente Maraini, 1885, by excavation; Don Marcello Massarenti, Rome, by 1894, by purchase [marble no. 4]; 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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ca. 210 CE (Roman Imperial)
Thasian marble
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H: 45 1/2 x W: 88 1/2 x D: 37 1/4 in. (115.6 x 224.8 x 94.6 cm)
  • Italy, Rome (Place of Discovery)
  • Greece, Cape Vathy Quarry (Source of Materials)


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