Sarcophagus Frontal with Scenes from the Lives of St. Peter and Jesus

The sarcophagus is in marble and dates from about 312. It is on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the left section of the frontal we see Peter's water miracle, his arrest, and part of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. The part above the break line in all three photos is an early-20th century restoration.

The middle section is the most problematic. The restoration above the break line has a small child clinging to its parent, but the child's feet originally belonged to a scene of Christ's cure of the blind man which was omitted from the restoration.

The scene on the right of this middle section has the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Matthew 14:13-21, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-13).


On the far right, its most common position, is the scene of the raising of Lazarus. In the original sculpture below the break line we can see Mary kneeling before Jesus as in John 11:32.

View the left end of the sarcophagus, with the Three Hebrew Youths
More of St. Peter
More of Palm Sunday
More of the Miracles of Jesus' Ministry
More of Lazarus

Photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.