RB1804

* A Roman Lead Sarcophagus Panel Fragment, ca. 1st - 2nd century AD

featuring two dolphins frolicking, a long fern leaf between them, a twisted rope border at the bottom and left of the scene.

Roman lead sarcophagi were unique to the Eastern Mediterranean, specifically Phoenicia. For similar lead sarcophagi, see p. 143-148 in McCann, Roman Sarcophagi in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Dimensions:6 1/2 x 3 7/8 inches (16.5 x 9.8 cm)

Condition:   Piece from a larger panel, in very good condition overall.

Provenance:  Alex Malloy private collection, acquired in the 1980's.

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