A Monumental Move: Sarcophagus Moves From One Providence Museum to Another

On Wednesday, November 25 at 10 a.m. at the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium in Roger Williams Park, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum’s Interim Director Ann S. Woolsey and Curator of Ancient Art Gina Borromeo will celebrate an historic transfer of a 3rd century CE marble sarcophagus (with inserted ancient columns and later carving, possible 18th century) that will be transferred from the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, Roger Williams Park, to The RISD Museum. Professional riggers will lift the massive, 3,500-pound marble piece and transport it across Providence. Once at The RISD Museum, the sarcophagus will undergo conservation work before it goes on view in the new Weiss Greek and Roman Gallery, which opens in Fall 2010 and features highlights from the classical art collection. The new sarcophagus will be displayed with funerary objects and Roman domestic objects related to Dionysos, the god of wine.

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