Sarcophagus with flying erotes holding a portrait medallion of the deceased
Marble. Ca. 190—200 CE. New York, the Metropolitan Museum of ArtInv. No. 56.145.Photo by Roger B. Ulrich

Sarcophagus with flying erotes holding a portrait medallion of the deceased.

Marble. Ca. 190—200 CE.
Inv. No. 56.145.

New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Origin:
Gift of Joseph V. Noble, 1956.
Description:
The central portrait (a “clipeus” portrait, is held by two flying erotes (or “cupids”). Representations of the Earth (on left: Tellus, holding a cornucopia) and the Ocean (Oceanus) recline below. “Cupid and Psyche” pairs are visible at each end.

Dated by the Met to the Severan period, ca. 190-200 CE.

Credits:
© 2010. Photo, text: Roger B. Ulrich.

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