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Final Farewell: The Culture of Death and the Afterlife

The Spectacle of Death: Funerary Customs in Ancient Greece and Italy

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Personification of Autumn, Fragment of a Personification of Autumn, Fragment of a "Seasons Sarcophagus"

Once embellished with gilding and pigment, large “seasons sarcophagi” held the bodies of the Roman elite. This fragmentary personification of the season Autumn formed part of one such sarcophagus’ sculptural program. At this time, Roman religious thought favored artistic representations of non-mythological figures with allegorical and symbolic meanings. The seasons suggested the passage of one’s life.

Personification of Autumn, Fragment of a “Seasons Sarcophagus”
Roman
ca. 200 C.E.
Marble
(81.111)
Gift of Museum Associates

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