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Sarcophagus with Griffins
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Sarcophagus with Griffins


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Description Carved in relief on this sarcophagus, panther-griffins face one another, each raising a paw towards a central vase-like object used in the cult of Dionysus Sabazius. The motif is well known from imperial temples, where it appears as a symbol of deification and ascension to heaven. This imperial allusion reflects the high aspirations of the family to whom the tomb belongs. Along the lid, Eros figures ride fantastical sea-creatures.
Conservation

Cleaned to remove modern graffiti

Date Description Narrative
6/23/1961Treatmentcleaned
7/20/1970Treatmentcleaned
1/01/1992Technical Reportx-ray diffraction; other
6/23/1998Examinationcondition
10/12/2015TreatmentCleaned
Exhibitions
  • 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 1897, by purchase; 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
140-170 CE (Imperial)
Medium
marble
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
23.35
Measurements
24 1/2 x 61 1/2 x 21 1/4 in. (62.2 x 156.2 x 54 cm)
Geography
  • Italy, Rome (Place of Discovery)

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