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Modern base with a fragment of an ancient sarcophagus
Sculpture
Second half of 3rd century AD
Marble of Carrara and greek marble

The fragment of a sarcophagus with a lion sinking its fangs into a boar (inserted in the modern base) seems to date from the years 270-280 AD. This is suggested by the chiaroscuro in the lion’s mane, in which rectilinear zones of shadow were created with the use of a drill.
The boar’s fleece and lion’s nose are characterised by a pictorial graphism that contrasts with the naturalism typical of the previous era.
Execution of the Torlonia base, found in the park, is a lesser work by the Cavaceppi workshop.

Provenance: From Parco of Villa Torlonia

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