Sarcophagus Panel



End panel of a sarcophagus showing a wind god. Likely to be one of the end reliefs of 59.148.221; the other end panel is 59.148.265. A male nude of a young age looks out to the viewer and faces with his body to the left. He wears a fillet on his head and has a lion skin flung around his left forearm. With his right hand he holds the bridle of a prancing steet and a club on his left arm. The panel is part of the Phaeton imploring Helions sarcophagus and the figure can therefore be identified as a Wind-God as they are also represented in 59.148.221; they also resemble more of Herakles. Angelicoussis suggested that this male figure and its companion on the other end panel 59.148.265 may be representing the Dioskouri brothers as they are common in sarcophagoi and funerary contexts. She also commented that the Dioskouroi would be equine assistants who would be able to retrieve Helios' son following his fall. Roman sarcophagi of this type were placed in mausolea against a wall or in a niche, and so were decorated on only the front and two sides.