Un esempio di rilavorazione di manufatti marmorei in età altomedievale: il caso dei sarcofagi
In: Bullettino della Commissione Archeologica Comunale di Roma: 112, 2012
The cataloguing of marble fragments, preserved in the monumental area of the Theatre of Marcello, includes a few fragments of sarcophagi strigilati, which have been cut and reshaped in order to make new objects, but remained unfinished, as it is showed by the observation of the back side of the fragments. The second manufacturing is characterized by the so-called ornamental theme ‘a cancello’, usually chosen for decoration of barriers, often used in early Christian and medieval ages both in fences and in windows. The final destination of such marble slabs is unknown (e.g. barriers of an enclosure for religious or civil buildings, or windows). In spite of these doubts, the fragments arouse great interest because of their unfinished look: in fact they could be considered the signal of the existence of a local workshop, where Roman marble artifacts, like sarcophagi, could be re-elaborated to make new products.