A ROMAN MARBLE FRAGMENT FROM A SARCOPHGUS
Circa Late 2nd-3rd Century A.D.
Depicting the death of Clytaemnestra at the hand of her son Orestes, the deceased lies fallen in the left fore-ground, her head thrown back, her breasts revealed from her final attempt for mercy, the nurse-maid Gelissa standing behind looking down at the corpse, her arms extended, to the right kneels a servant boy, the tray he holds above his head tilted forward, behind him at the far right stands Clotho, one of the three Fates (the others would have presumably been depicted further to the right), identified by the spindle in her right hand, personifying the tragedy of the event, with a billowing cloth behind the scene acting as a back-drop, with the upper portion of two Furies in the background, the Fury to the left with a coiled snake on her raised arm, in pursuit of Orestes for committing matricide, with four bands of ornament above, including beed-and-reel, egg-and-dart, kymatium, and elaborate meander
297/8 in. (75.9 cm) high