• r2-183-10
    Sarcophagus fragment. (Telif hakkı Sart Amerikan Hafriyat Heyeti / Harvard Üniversitesi)

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Late 2nd or early 3rd C. AD, Roma
Sardeis veya Müze Env. No.
Mermer, Taş
Eserin Türü
Heykel, Lahit
Heykelin Türü
Bulunduğu Yeri
Found in Pactolus bed, W of PC.

”PC sarcophagus” fragments. A large number of fragments (about 100) of an Asiatic sarcophagus were found in the Pactolus bed near the sector PC, in the summers of 1959 and 1960. The architectural fragments are identical with those on the celebrated sarcophagus of Claudia Antonia Sabina (Cat. 243 Fig. 422) and must have been made in the same workshop. Numerous fragments of hands, legs and drapery were found, as well as a few head fragments. Of special note are two beautiful pieces, the portrait head of a young woman and the head of a horse from the couch on the lid. These, as well as some architectural fragments, are described below (Cat. 180, Cat. 181, Cat. 182 and Cat. 183 Figs. 328-332).

The side portion has a panel in a profiled rectangular frame with an animal: two legs, chest, part of body, and curving splayed tail of a marine monster, having traces of red paint on the tail, green on the body. The rear portion shows only the corner of the rectangular frame. At the corner a break had something attached to it, perhaps a leg from a figure on top of the lid. Architectural profile, from bottom: dentils, Lesbian cyma, straight vertical entablature, projecting rectangular profile, convex profile of couch frame with decoration in relief. The underside is hollowed to fit over the sarcophagus corner. Finishing was by abrasives, but traces of multiple claw chisel remain.

The fragment is so similar to the sarcophagus of Claudia Antonia Sabina (Cat. 243 Fig. 422) that it was thought to join. It does not, however, and is probably part of PC sarcophagus.


Marble, slightly yellowish on surface, grayish white in break, harder than the usual local variety.

L. rear corner of the couch-shaped sarcophagus lid. Found with traces of red and green paint, and one side covered with red cement from reuse.

H. 0.44; W. 0.16; D. 0.27.
Cf. Sardis V, figs. 3-5.
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