A lenos-shaped sarcophagus with a myth of Selene and Endymion
Marble. Early 3rd cent. CE. Inv. No. 47.100.4a, b.New York, Metropolitan Museum of ArtPhoto by Ilya Shurygin

A lenos-shaped sarcophagus with a myth of Selene and Endymion.

Marble. Early 3rd cent. CE.
Inv. No. 47.100.4a, b.

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The sarcophagus, which is in excellent condition, was intact when recovered from a chamber tomb in Ostia in 1825. It was believed to have burned in a fire at Warwick Castle in 1871; Carl Robert included it in his corpus as a lost work known only from old engravings. The sarcophagus appeared on the art market in London in 1913 and entered the Museum’s collection in 1947.

J. Sorabella
Sorabella, Jean. 2001. “A Roman Sarcophagus and its Patron.” Metropolitan Museum Journal 36: pp. 67-79.
Matz, Friedrich. 1957. “An Endymion Sarcophagus Rediscovered.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 15(5): pp. 124-128.
© 2013. Photo: Ilya Shurygin.
© 2001. Text: Sorabella J. 2001. «A Roman Sarcophagus and its Patron». Metropolitan Museum Journal 36, p. 67.
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