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Contributors: Pierantoni, Giovanni  
Title: Sarcophagus of Helen
Start date: 300
End date: 399
Historical Period: Early Byzantine/Late Antique Period

Red porphyry sarcophagus which is believed to have held the remains of Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. On the coffin there are some soldiers on horseback and barbarian prisoners. On the lid of the sarcophagus cupids and victories hold garlands. The sarcophagus was located in the Imperial mausoleum at Tor Pignattara, between the via Prenestina and the via Labicana outside Rome. In 1777 it was brought into the Vatican and restored by Gaspare Sibilla and Giovanni Pierantoni and mounted on four lions carved by Francesco Antonio Franzoni.

Place: Vatican Museums, Vatican City  
Languages: No linguistic content; Not applicable
Medium: porphyry
Project: BYZART Project  
Fond: UNIBO Europeana Archaeology  
Physical type: sarcophagi (coffins)
Material and technique: carving (processes)
Data provider: University of Bologna  
Appears in Collections:BYZART

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