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Object type



Sarcophagi: putti as Seasons or huntsmen

Title Type

assigned by cataloguer


Pencilled in Sampson Catalogue: Rome. Palazzo Mattei (two fragments)
Bm 11 80.1 and 81.2 are catalogued together being drawings of the same sarcophagus
Was Fa 2 no. 87

Other number

Fa 3 Palazzo no. 87


Content (description)

In the centre stands a draped portrait figure, apparently a man, though according to Fa3 a woman. Two putti hold a curtain behind the woman and also hold a basket on their outer hands. At each side stand three putti as Seasons or huntsmen. On right by the central figures a putto carries a sheep by its foreleg and holds a sheaf of corn on his other arm; a dog lies on left at his feet. The next putto holds up a rabbit by its hind legs as a dog leaps up for it. On far right a putto stands crosslegged leaning on a spear and turning to right, although looking back over his shoulder to left. A deer sits on right at his feet. On left of centre a putto holds a bundle of rods (?); a dog sits at his feet on right and looks up at him. The next putto holds up a large bird by the legs and a dog leaps up on right to reach it. On left a nude putto stands resting on a staff and holds a dead animal by its hind leg with its head on the ground.

Content (object)



height (actual size): 411mm
width (actual size): 525mm


Campiglia Palazzo Mattei No.87 written in ink on the back of the drawing

Inscription description

BN 87 written in pencil on front of drawing lower right

Materials & techniques note

black lead pencil on paper




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