12 April 2016
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY, VIRGINIA
A ROMAN MARBLE SARCOPHAGUS FRAGMENT
CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
Sculpted in high relief, preserving a reclining female figure in back view, nude but for a mantle draped over her legs and over her proper left arm on which she leans, her slender body with well-defined buttocks and an articulated spine, her head dramatically turned and gazing upwards, with wavy hair bound in a chignon at the nape of her neck, a wheel, likely from a chariot, preserved in the background and a snaky tendril, preserved above her abdomen
23 in. (58.4 cm.) long
with The Folio Society, London.
Private Collection, Virginia, acquired from the above, 1986; thence by descent to the current owner.
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For a similar scene from a sarcophagus depicting the rape of Persephone now in the Capitoline Museum, see no. 205 in G. Koch and H. Sichtermann, Römische Sarkophage.
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