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Front of a Sarcophagus with the Myth of Endymion
Roman Empire (Place created)
about 210 A.D.
54.3 × 10.2 × 214 cm (21 3/8 × 4 × 84 1/4 in.)
On this fragment of a Roman
At the far right, the artist showed a later moment in the story. Her evening tryst with the sleeping Endymion over, Selene has remounted her chariot and prepares to fly back to the sky. On the left, an elaborate pastoral scene with a shepherd and his flock does not directly enter the story; it merely serves as a setting.
by 1975 - 1976
Robin Symes, Limited (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1976.
Ancient Art from the Permanent Collection (March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004
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