Seasons sarcophagus

Type: Sarcophagi
Date: ca. 330–35 CE
Location or Findspot (Modern-Day Country): Italy
Medium: Marble
Dimensions: 111.8 × 224 × 116 cm
Description: This sarcophagus is carved on one side with bust-length portraits of the deceased couple inside a zodiac ring, and four winged youths representing the seasons. Each season is identifiable by his crown: winter with a crown of reeds, spring with a crown of flowers, summer with a crown of wheat, and autumn with a crown of vine leaves. The unfinished faces of the couple suggest that they were going to be carved at a later date, possibly because such sarcophagi were mass produced and were not designed for specific patrons ahead of time.
Relevant Textbook Chapter(s): 2
Image Credits: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

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