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        Sarcophagus of Saint Marcelle in the crypt, 5th century AD

        Gallo-Roman; French. Medium: stone. St. Marcelle was a Roman lady in the 5th century AD who was known for her piety and generosity to the poor and sick. After the invasion of Rome by Alaric and the Visigoths in 410, she was tortured and died of her wounds. According to legend her tomb rests in the crypt of the basilica. The figures at the centre of the sarcophagus depict Jesus laying his hand on a woman, probably the saint; the frieze on the top depicts dolphins eating fish; arcophage pal�ochr�tien dit de " sainte Marcelle" (fin IV�-d�but V� si�cle] se trouvant dans la crypte de l'�glise. Provenance: Basilica of Mary Magdalene, St. Maximin-La-Sainte-Baume, France. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.


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