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Sarcophagus of the Rape of Proserpine

<p>Sarcophagus depicting the rape of Proserpine, 2nd-3rd centuries AD, El Procon&eacute;s stone, 66 x 186 x 57 cm.</p>

Sarcophagus depicting the rape of Proserpine, 2nd-3rd centuries AD, El Proconés stone, 66 x 186 x 57 cm.

Sarcophagusdepicting the rape of Proserpine by Pluto.

On the front panel, three groups of figures illustrate three moments from the myth:

  1. Ceres seeks Proserpine.
  2. Proserpine is surprised by Pluto.
  3. Pluto captures Proserpine and takes her off to Hades.

On the right-hand side, Mercury, with his brimmed hat (petasus), caduceus and clamide on his chest, guides Pluto’s horses.

On the left-hand side kneels one of Proserpine’s companions.

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