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Roman Marble Sarcophagus Fragment

Ancient Rome, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A section of white marble, originally part of a sarcophagus, with relief carving. Depicted is a partial image of what appears to be flowing drapery of a well pleated garment with a raised sinuous and straight line. The word sarcophagus literally means "flesh-eater" in Greek. Sarcophagi were coffins used throughout the Roman Empire beginning in the second century CE when inhumation burials became more popular than cremation practices of the Republican and early Imperial periods. The rise in sarcophagi usage was inspired by earlier Etruscan and Greek models. This example came from a particularly luxurious sarcophagus as it was made from marble. Less elite examples were made from other stones, wood, and lead. A wonderful section of a marble sarcophagus intended for an elite individual of ancient Rome. Size: 3.25" L x 8.5" W x 7.75" H (8.3 cm x 21.6 cm x 19.7 cm)

Condition: Some roughness around the edges and surface wear with chip to raised sinuous line, otherwise excellent.

Provenance: private New Jersey USA collection, acquired over twenty years ago

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