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Source Image: PR222_07_05 of Re-worked Meleager sarcophagus of Capitoline Museums: Sarcophagi

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Description

Sarcophagus depicting the myth of Meleager, re-worked in later period, now in the Capitoline Museum.

Monument
Capitoline Museums: Sarcophagi 
Monument Part
Re-worked Meleager sarcophagus 
Monument Type
Sarcophagus 
Material(s)
Undefined white marble (Visual identification)  
Date
post ad 120 - pre ad 200 
Keywords
MeleagerWild BoarRelief Sarcophagus  
Collections
Capitoline Museums, Rome  

Location

Current Location
Capitoline Museums 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Restoration
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The figure on the far right has had his head re-carved in a later period. Presumably it had broken off earlier and an attempt was made to remedy the situation, though the final result ends up looking awkward.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Restoration
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
Drill holes were also added to the boar in a later period. This was perhaps done in imitation of Roman practice, to make the object appear more ancient.

Notes

This sarcophagus was re-worked at some point in the post-antique period, probably in the 14th century. Several of the heads of the figures which had been broken were re-carved and the boar was given extra emphasis. This represents a very early example of 'restoration'.

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