16 June 2006
A ROMAN MARBLE RELIEF FRAGMENT
CIRCA 3RD CENTURY A.D.
Likely from a Season sarcophagus, preserving a winged cupid offering a fruit-laden basket to a larger male figure reclining below, each depicted wearing Oriental costume consisting of a long tunic over leggings, the cupid with a Phrygian cap atop his deeply-drilled curly hair, a wing from a third figure preserved to the far right
11 1/8 in. (28.3 cm.) wide
Japanese Private Collection, formed in the 1960s-1970s.
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For a related example depicting a cupid presenting a filled basket to a reclining female figure see no. 112, pp. 202-203 in Baratte and Metzger, Musée du Louvre, Catalogue des sarcophages en pierre d'époques romaine et paléochrétienne.
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