Name of Object:

Sarcophagus of the mourning women


Istanbul, Turkey

Holding Institution:

Istanbul Archaeological Museums

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Date of Object:

It is thought to be the sarcophagus of the King of Sidon, Straton (374-358 BC)

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Stone work




In the Sarcophagus of the Crying Women, found at the Royal Necropolis in Sidon like the Alexander Sarcophagus, nothing could be found other than the bones of its owner and a bronze belt buckle, since it had been robbed in an earlier time. From the partial traces on the marble that remained until today, it is understood that it had been dyed in blue and red initially. It is the best example of the group called by archaeologists "Sarcophagi with Columns", and it is considered as a final resting place, like the "Mausoleum of Halicarnassus" or the "Nereid Monument", rather than a tomb. Its architectural features were used in the architecture of the old building of the ─░stanbul Archaeological Museums. It is an example of Greek sculpture displaying Eastern influences. The shaved heads, bare feet, ragged clothes of the figures and their movements and expressions of sadness are features of Semitic societies. It is thought to be the sarcophagus of the King of Sidon, Straton (374-358 BC), who was said to have led a life of pleasure. The sarcophagus has the shape of an Ionian temple.

Citation of this web page:

"Sarcophagus of the mourning women" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020.;AWE;tr;184;en

Database entry origination:

Copyedited by: Daniel De la Vega

MWNF Working Number: TR2 180