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Roman Marble Sarcophagus Fragment - Leg & Foot

$1,195.00
Rome, ca. 1st century CE. This is a sculpted marble fragment that was most likely part of a frieze; the fragment is a high-relief detail of a lower leg and part of a foot. The leg is chubby, and might have been a child or a representation of Eros. Marble statuary was everywhere in ancient Rome; even after all of the plundering that Rome underwent after the fall of the Roman Empire, we can still see a tremendous amount of marble statuary, including friezes, throughout the city. As a Roman citizen, you would have seen a world decorated with sculpted pieces like this one; they would have been brightly colored, gilded, or given inlays of shell or other stone. Size: 7" L x 9.25" W x 7.25" H (17.8 cm x 23.5 cm x 18.4 cm)

Condition: This piece is a fragment, but the part shown (the lower leg and part of the foot) are well-formed and clear.

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

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