Four seasons sarcophagus fragment - ROM2011_11854_9


Four seasons sarcophagus fragment

Geography: Attributed to Italy
Date: about 230 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
52.7 x 87.6 x 9.85 cm
Object number: 923.4.54
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome: funerary customs-exposed sculpture

Four Seasons Sarcophagus Fragment

Roman "Four Seasons" sarcophagi first came into use around 220 AD. They were decorated with a symmetrical arrangement of two putti holding a portrait medallion of the deceased, flanked on either side by putti personifying the Four Seasons. The Seasons may symbolize the passing of time, but could also have served as perpetual conveyers of seasonal offerings to the deceased depicted in the medallion. The inscription reads: "Aelia Tertulla lived twenty-five years sleeps in peace".

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