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Roman sarcophagus, 250-300 CE, Pantano-Borghese (Italy), marble. Musée du Cinquantenaire (Brussels, Belgium). Made with ReMake and ReCap Pro from AutoDesk.
There is a bust of the deceased in the centre of the tank, a volumen (roll of papyrus) in the hands. In front of her, a spherical object is placed on an altar. On each side, a genie (Hypnos or Thanatos?) supports a drapery (parapetasma). The group is flanked by a peacock and a lion devouring an ibex, in other words, animals symbolizing respectively the spiritual survival of humanity and its material destruction by death. This sarcophagus was reused as a fountain basin.
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