A Fragment of Sarcophagus

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Fragment of painted terracotta sarcophagus ascribed to the Albertinum Painter, which with his follower monopolised the Klazomenian Sarcophagi production and its decoration motives.

Period / Age: Anatolia, Clazomenae, ca. 550 - 450 BC

Provenance: English private collection. Ex Christie’s, New York, 2006.

Dimensions:

Height: 43.2cm

A fragment of painted terracotta sarcophagus ascribed to the Albertinum Painter, which with his follower monopolized the Klazomenian Sarcophagi production and its decoration motives.

A significant number of terracotta sarcophagi have been found at Klazomenai and at Old Smyrna, East 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 laid inside during the funeral ceremony, a stone lid was placed over the sarcophagus and earth was piled up to mark the gravesite.