Danube Virtual Museum

Sarcophagus

Title: Sarcophagus
Site: Belgrade Fortress
Location/Region: Belgrade
Chrolonology: 1 AD - 500
Museum: National Museum in Belgrade
Country: Serbia
Period: Antique period
Epoch: Roman
Culture: Roman
Closer Dating: Around 300 AD
Material: Limestone
Dimensions: 2,18x0,98x0,74 m
Production Technique: Carving
Bibliography:

Stefan Pop-Lazić, Nekropole rimskog Singidunuma, Singidunum 3, Beograd 2002, 21-22.


Description

Sarcophagus with a lid in the form of a gabled roof with a quadrangular and a semicircular acroterion in the middle. On the front side of the sarcophagus is a rectangular panel, with a molded frame, whose lateral edges are decorated with noric-pannonian spirals. This central panel shows motives from the Old Testament’s legend of Jonah: on the left side, stands a figure of the good Shepherd holding a lamb around his neck, while on the right side there is a hewn ship with two figures rowing and one another figure, who is casting Jonah into the sea. Between these two pictures, the good Shepherd and a ship there is a tree, a whale ejecting Jonah from his jaws and a man on a dolphin.