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A ROMAN MARBLE SARCOPHAGUS PANEL
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A ROMAN MARBLE SARCOPHAGUS PANEL

CIRCA 3RD CENTURY A.D.

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A ROMAN MARBLE SARCOPHAGUS PANEL
CIRCA 3RD CENTURY A.D.
30 ¼ in. x 12 in. (77 x 30.5 cm.)
Provenance
Swiss private collection, acquired prior to 1991.
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Lot Essay

The scene depicts men carrying large transport amphorae over their shoulders, possibly unloading the cargo of a ship inside a warehouse. Scenes from daily life are often depicted on sarcophagi of the period, such as a very similar example from Portus showing the unloading of a ship, cf. C. Pavolini, La Vita Quotidiana a Ostia, Bari, 1986, pl. 26.

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