Roman child's sarcophagus by Unknown Artist

Sarcophagus of a child, carved in relief with scenes celebrating Bacchus, who appears in the centre of the front panel.

Details

Medium:
Marble (Proconnesian)
Dimensions:
90 x 28 cm
Art Fund grant:
£10,000 ( Total: £50,000; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
1995
Vendor:
Executors of Lord Howard of Henderskelfe

The figure on the lid, a sleeping Paposilenus, is a Neo-Classical addition. Lid of the chest is 35.6 x 11.2 cm.

Provenance

Bought in the eighteenth century for the Castle Howard collection.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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