When visiting interesting places, we often have too little time to stop and think about what we see or even read a plate with a description of the items we are looking at. Just for pleasure I have a habit of going through numerous photos I take when traveling and quietly studying them. This time is the ancient museums in Berlin, which I managed to quickly visit when on a business trip to Berlin last year. I had not enough time to just stop and contemplate the artifacts. But today, you can ask Google for ‘a similar photo’ and it will tell you what you see on it and often even specify exactly where you saw it.
This beautiful ancient Greek artifact is a cover frame of a sarcophagus. It is made of clay. It was either left white or it was decoratively painted, as you can see in the photo. When archaeologists were working on excavations and then wanted to take the artifacts to other countries, they only took the frames leaving sarcophagus basins on site.
The sarcophagus cover frame on the photo above you can find in the Old Museum in Berlin.