DescriptionThe Museum’s Greek and Roman Art collection houses a sarcophagus lid made in the 6th century B.C. that was found at Klazomenai on the west coast of Asia Minor. The lid's upper zone is decorated with a battle scene, while the bottom shows two lions attacking a boar. The sides are adorned with parallel rows of carefully painted ornamental scrolls. Our striking bracelet is adapted from this striking scroll motif, nearly abstract in its simplicity.
Silver overlay. Hand enameled. Box-and-tongue closure. Inner circumference: 7 1/4''L; 3/4''W.
- Silver overlay
- Hand enameled
- Box-and-tongue closure
- 3/4''WInner circumference: 7 1/4''L
Art HistoryA significant number of terracotta sarcophagi with decorated upper rims have been found at Klazomenai and at Old Smyrna, eastern Greek sites on the west coast of Asia Minor. Given their size and weight, it is assumed that they were manufactured locally. Before the funeral, the sarcophagus was apparently buried up to the height of the upper rim. After the deceased was interred, a stone lid was placed over the sarcophagus, and earth was piled up to mark the grave.