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Sarcophagus :Calydonian boar hunt

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assigned by cataloguer


Bm 8. 72 and 73 are catalogued together being drawings of the same sarcophagus


Content (description)

On left are the protagonists ready for the hunt. On far left a man turns to right to talk to a figure in the background. Then a bearded man, wearing a skin and carrying a double axe, moves right , a hound at his feet. A bearded male stands in the background. Atalanta, holding a spear, turns to right. A youth stands in the background. One of the Dioscuri holds the arm of Meleager in the centre as he levels his spear at the boar's head. Two hounds rush against the boar and Atalanta in the background reaches forward as if stringing her bow. Tree and reeds grow behind the boar's head. Two men aim spears from behind the boar: one of them seems to hold drapery which falls around the boar- this must in fact be part of a cave surround. A youth, holding rods in his left hand, aims a spear with his right, while a wounded huntsman sinks to the ground at his feet. Far right a man wearing a cloak moves right holding a wound on his thigh. In his left hand he holds a spear, which projects beyond the corner of the sarcophagus in the round.

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Content (note)

Villa Pamfilia


height (actual size): 422mm
width (actual size): 536mm


Campiglia Villa Pamfilia Urna nell'Orangeria written in ink on the back of the drawing

Inscription description

A 2 written in ink on the front of the drawing lower left, truncated
S written in pencil on the back of the drawing
Written in the album in which the drawings are held is: No 72/No 73 1 A 2

Materials & techniques note

black lead pencil on paper




History and association

Previous ownership


• Rossi (III ; 244.2)
• RR (III ; 2 no. 231)
image 147128
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