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Element of a Roman sarcophagus - Italy - 2nd / 3rd century A.D.
Element of a Roman sarcophagus - Italy - 2nd / 3rd century A.D. - Ancient Art Style Element of a Roman sarcophagus - Italy - 2nd / 3rd century A.D. - Element of a Roman sarcophagus - Italy - 2nd / 3rd century A.D. -
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Period :
BC to 10th century
Provenance :
Italy
Medium :
Marble
Dimensions :
l. 7.09 inch X H. 11.81 inch X P. 3.94 inch
Ancient Art  - Element of a Roman sarcophagus - Italy - 2nd / 3rd century A.D. BC to 10th century - Element of a Roman sarcophagus - Italy - 2nd / 3rd century A.D.  - Element of a Roman sarcophagus - Italy - 2nd / 3rd century A.D.
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Element of a Roman sarcophagus - Italy - 2nd / 3rd century A.D.

This Roman marble sarcophagus element carved in the same block dates from the 2nd / 3rd century AD.
Fragment of a marble bas-relief depicting a standing female figure dressed with a long chiton that fits tightly around her waist and a heation, a draped sleeveless cloak from ancient Greece. She wears a crescent-shaped tiara in her hair and in her left hand, which resembles a cattail with a thread she weaves.
This feminine representation could be Clotho, who in Greek mythology is a master deity of human destiny accompanied by her two sisters, Lachesis and Atropos. They are spinners who measure the lives of men and decide their destiny. Clotho is the first to make the thread of birth, Lachesis unrolls the thread and assigns destiny to each one, Atropos ruthlessly cuts the thread of life to end it. Here, our character is represented at the beginning of the composition as if to begin the creation and the destiny of man.

The sarcophagus is an element that is part of the funerary practices of the Roman period between the 2nd and 3rd century BC. In Roman times, these necropolises were placed outside the sacred perimeter of the city, the Pomerium in Rome, and located along the roads.
Roman funeral rites were generally performed for wealthy people. The deceased were buried in sarcophagi carved on three sides, the unadorned one was leaning against a wall in the burial chambers.
These sarcophagi were made of various materials such as persimmon (a volcanic stone), marble, or red porphyry, and had recurring decorative themes such as scenes from mythology.

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