Sarcophagus of Constantia (detail)



Constantia Augusta


Detail of the front of the red-porphyry sarcophagus of Constantia Augusta, later St. Constance, daughter of the Emperor Constantine the Great. The front, like the three other sides, is decorated with garlands and grape vines, large acanthus scrolls and cupids harvesting grapes. Below the scrolls, there are two peacocks, a ram and a cupid bearing a garland. The lid is decorated with alternate festoons of greenery and masks.

Current Ownership

Vatican Museums

Chronology Specific

ca. 340-360


Content Provider

University of Bologna

Original Collection

Fondazione Federico Zeri - Fototeca Zeri, Università di Bologna, inv. 2887

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