Found in Via della Cava di Pietralata, Portonaccio Neighbourhood, near Via Tiburtina
Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Massimo, Inv. 112327
Large marble sarcophagus decorated entirely with figurative scenes that show influences similar to those of the Column of Marcus Aurelius. The lid is decorated with a bibliographical frieze, which celebrates the birth and wedding of the deceased and an act of clemency towards a barbarian. The front of the grand sarcophagus represents a battle scene staged on several planes and focused on the advance of a Roman knight depicted in the capacity of universal victor. The battle scenes are framed by two couples of captive barbarians. The bas-reliefs on the sides of the sarcophagus show events subsequent to the clash: on one side, barbarian prisoners crossing a river led by Roman soldiers along a boat bridge, on the other side the chieftains submitting to the Roman officials. The dramatic animation of the combat is emphasized by means of the deep chiaroscuro obtained thanks to a skilful use of intaglios.