Borghese Sarcophagus

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Geoffrey Marchal
published on 23 February 2018
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Roman sarcophagus, 250-300 CE, Pantano-Borghese (Italy), marble. Musée du Cinquantenaire (Brussels, Belgium). Made with ReMake and ReCap Pro from AutoDesk.

There is a bust of the deceased in the centre of the tank, a volumen (roll of papyrus) in the hands. In front of her, a spherical object is placed on an altar. On each side, a genie (Hypnos or Thanatos?) supports a drapery (parapetasma). The group is flanked by a peacock and a lion devouring an ibex, in other words, animals symbolizing respectively the spiritual survival of humanity and its material destruction by death. This sarcophagus was reused as a fountain basin.

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Geoffrey Marchal
3D scans are a great way to share cultural heritage with the world. I mainly use photogrammetry and Memento beta from Autodesk. I share 3D model through "Scan the world", a MyMiniFactory´s project.

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Marchal, G. (2018, February 23). Borghese Sarcophagus. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Marchal, Geoffrey. "Borghese Sarcophagus." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified February 23, 2018.

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Marchal, Geoffrey. "Borghese Sarcophagus." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 23 Feb 2018. Web. 02 Jun 2020.

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