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A ROMAN MARBLE RELIEF FROM A LION-HUNT SARCOPHAGUS

Circa, 3rd century AD

 

A ROMAN MARBLE RELIEF FROM A LION-HUNT SARCOPHAGUS

A Roman marble relief fragment from a lion-hunt sarcophagus

Height: 22.5 cm 

From a lenos, a tub-shaped sarcophagus. The hunt scene depicts a lion attacking and pinning down an antelope. The lion is sculpted in high relief with drilled detail highlighting the thick mane and menacing eyes.

Lion-hunt sarcophagi came to popularity in the 3rd century AD. For related examples see J. Stroszeck, Löwen-Sarkophage. Sarkophage mit Löwenkopfen, schreitende Löwen und Löwen-kampfgruppen, Berlin, 1988.

Jean-Philippe Mariaud de Serres Collection, France, acquired before 2000. 

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