In the magnificent museum in Antalya Turkey there are many beautiful artifacts from sites such as Perge, Aspendos, Side, and others. Among them are many beautiful sarcophagi such as the following:
Note the husband and wife on the lid of the sarcophagus and especially the erotic figures carefully carved on its side! Many of the sarcophagi are intricately carved like this one! While waiting to board our bus, I noticed a very plain sarcophagus near the parking lot.
I have seen a lot of sarcophagi in our travels but never one with this theme on it! Note the farmer plowing with two oxen and two roundels with (evidently) a husband and wife in each of them. Note especially the detail of the plow and the “ox goad” (1 Sam 13:21; Eccl 12:11; Acts 26:14) in the hand of the plower! It is almost refreshing to see such a mundane and common activity represented on a sarcophagus—but it is surprising, for how did a FARMER afford having a stone sarcophagus made??
This Palestinian farmer is plowing his vineyard with a plow very similar to the one on the sarcophagus above! This farmer is plowing in January to prevent weeds from growing. Also note the vines lying just above the ground.