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Roman Lead Sarcophagus Panel with Sphinx
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Roman, Phoenicia/Holy Land, Imperial Period, ca. 2nd to 4th century CE. A stunning lead sarcophagus panel decorated in relief exhibiting a winged female sphinx on a pedestal facing left flanked by two trifoliate laurel leaves on either side. The mysterious mythic creature is seated inside a diamond shaped border embellished with round-petalled flowers, berries, and pairs of leaves. The very top of the fragment boasts a lovely braided motif. This example is replete with symbolism. The sphinx held apotropaic function as the guardians of tombs, while the leaves refer to actual garlands and flowers used to decorate tombs and altars. Size: 12.75" W x 8.75" H (32.4 cm x 22.2 cm)

Prior to the 2nd century, Romans cremated their dead; around that time, they became inspired by the Greek and Etruscan practice of using sarcophagi, and they began to make coffins. This trend spread rapidly throughout the Roman Empire and between social stratums. While those of nobility would commission marble sarcophagi, the middle class would commission lead sarcophagi, such as this one. Lead sarcophagi were only made in Phoenicia, or the Eastern part of the empire, but were shipped west due to popularity.

Provenance: ex Estate of Eldert Bontekoe, Pegasi Numismatics, Ann Arbor, Michigan USA acquired before 2000

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Condition
Fragment of a larger program. Stable fissures on left side and smaller one on right. Light fading to relief detail with nicks, chips, and scratches commensurate with age. Otherwise, excellent with rich patina and lovely earthen deposits throughout.
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Roman Lead Sarcophagus Panel with Sphinx

Estimate $600 - $900
Oct 22, 2020
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Starting Price $300
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0021A: Roman Lead Sarcophagus Panel with Sphinx

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Est. $600 - $900Starting Price $300
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Oct 22, 2020 10:00 AM EDT
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Lot 0021A Details

Description
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Roman, Phoenicia/Holy Land, Imperial Period, ca. 2nd to 4th century CE. A stunning lead sarcophagus panel decorated in relief exhibiting a winged female sphinx on a pedestal facing left flanked by two trifoliate laurel leaves on either side. The mysterious mythic creature is seated inside a diamond shaped border embellished with round-petalled flowers, berries, and pairs of leaves. The very top of the fragment boasts a lovely braided motif. This example is replete with symbolism. The sphinx held apotropaic function as the guardians of tombs, while the leaves refer to actual garlands and flowers used to decorate tombs and altars. Size: 12.75" W x 8.75" H (32.4 cm x 22.2 cm)

Prior to the 2nd century, Romans cremated their dead; around that time, they became inspired by the Greek and Etruscan practice of using sarcophagi, and they began to make coffins. This trend spread rapidly throughout the Roman Empire and between social stratums. While those of nobility would commission marble sarcophagi, the middle class would commission lead sarcophagi, such as this one. Lead sarcophagi were only made in Phoenicia, or the Eastern part of the empire, but were shipped west due to popularity.

Provenance: ex Estate of Eldert Bontekoe, Pegasi Numismatics, Ann Arbor, Michigan USA acquired before 2000

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#159571
Condition
...
Fragment of a larger program. Stable fissures on left side and smaller one on right. Light fading to relief detail with nicks, chips, and scratches commensurate with age. Otherwise, excellent with rich patina and lovely earthen deposits throughout.

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