This 2nd century Roman sarcophagus is in the Cleveland Museum of Art.
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I haven’t posted photos of sarcophagi in a while. Sarcophagus tombs in most modern cemeteries just look like they hold a body. The actual person is usually interred below or next to the monument.
Chest tombs are a particular variety of sarcophagus tomb. According to Stories in Stone, they resemble “a large trunk or shipping container” (32).
Lake View Cemetery has a lot of chest tombs. Usually it’s readily obvious that they’re not real sarcophagi holding a body because they are used as a family monument and then are surrounded by little head-and/or footstones.
I find chest tomb monuments to be interesting, but I don’t find the design aesthetic particularly appealing. Individual chest tombs can have beautiful decoration, but it still seems to me a strange basic design to have become fashionable.
One of the things I’ve been learning about as I read Stories in Stone is about cemetery architecture and what certain things that you find in a graveyard should be called. One of the most interesting monument-types I have read about is the sarcophagus tomb.
Sarcophagi are permanent containers for bodies, usually made of stone and located above-ground. Keister states that most sarcophagus tombs in cemeteries are purely ornamental in the sense that they do not actually contain remains, but they look like they could. Lake View Cemetery has a considerable number of sarcophagus tombs.
I first noticed this tomb type when I photographed the Wetmores’ monuments on a snowy December day.