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Sarcophagus lid: death of Meleager

Title Type

assigned by cataloguer


Bm 8. 68 and 69 are catalogued together being drawings of the same sarcophagus lid


Content (description)

At far left a bearded river god, holding a reed, sits to right on a rock seat with his arm resting on an urn from which flows water. A figure in a short tunic stands in a biga to right; a youth holds the heads of the horses, a dog ( headless) at his feet. In the background a youth holds a cloak to his face. Three men carry the body of Meleager to right, preceded by a bearded man who points back to left. A bearded man grieves in the background, and a youth stands on right with his back to the viewer, turning to left. A grieving woman rushes out with arms outstretched, supported by a woman. Two youths ride on horseback to right, where an old man sinks at the knees, supported by two youths. On right a woman kneels in front of a tomb and sticks a dagger into her side, while an attendant tries to support her. At far right a veiled woman sits in mourning at the foot of a tree to left.

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Content (note)

Sarcophagus Lid in Villa Pamfilia


height (actual size): 392mm
width (actual size): 558mm


Campiglia Villa Pamfilia. Coperchio dell'urna nell'Orangeria written in ink on the back of the drawing

IN ADDITION, in the album, with the drawings is a piece of paper entitled:
Villa Pamphilia Bm 8 68 69 which describes the drawing in Latin. It is on English paper and appears to be in Eighteenth Century handwriting

Inscription description

1A written in ink on the front of the drawing lower right, truncated
Written in the album in which the drawings are held is :
No 68/No.69 1 A 2

Materials & techniques note

Black lead pencil on paper




History and association

Previous ownership


• Rossi (III ; 2 no. 231)
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