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ARTEMIS GALLERY Roman Marble Sarcophagus Fragment - Leg & Torch

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Seller: artemisgallery (673) 100%, Location: Louisville, CO, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381684584481 Roman Marble Sarcophagus Fragment - Leg & Torch Ancient Rome, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A deeply carved relief section of white marble, originally part of a sarcophagus, depicting a partial image of a leg and a torch, providing a window onto a dramatic action scene perhaps. Roman sculptors were particularly skilled at representing complex scenes and capturing optical effects of light and shadow in order to attain realism while still conveying drama. The word sarcophagus literally means "flesh-eater" in Greek. Sarcophagi were coffins used throughout the Roman Empire beginning in the second century CE when inhumation burials became more popular than cremation practices of the Republican and early Imperial periods. The rise in sarcophagi usage was inspired by earlier Etruscan and Greek models. This example came from a particularly luxurious sarcophagus as it was made from marble. Less elite examples were made from other stones, wood, and lead. A wonderful section of a marble sarcophagus intended for an elite individual of ancient Rome. Size: 4.625" L x 18.5" W x 7.5" H (11.7 cm x 47 cm x 19 cm) #112960 Condition: Expected roughness around the peripheries with normal surface wear and a few abrasions. This said, still a marvellous example overall. Provenance: Ex-Private New Jersey collection acquired before 1990 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. All items come with a Certificate of Authenticity

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