A Roman marble sarcophagus fragment

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Lot 141
A Roman marble sarcophagus fragment

£ 3,000 - 5,000
US$ 3,800 - 6,300
A Roman marble sarcophagus fragment
Circa 3rd Century A.D.
The standing draped female figure, possibly a Muse, carved in high relief, wearing a long sleeved chiton, a fillet in her drilled wavy hair, her right arm raised, her left hand resting on a staff by her side, folds of drapery extending behind, 46cm high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Private collection, Germany, acquired at auction in Germany in 1968-1969.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 25 April 2007, lot 251.
    Private collection, UK.

    A similar figure, holding a tragic mask in the outstretched arm, can be found on the right corner of a sarcophagus now in the church of San Gavino in Porto Torres, Italy, which represents Apollo surrounded by the Muses, see G. Pesce, Sarcofagi Romani di Sardegna, Rome, 1957, pp.98-102, no.56.
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