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Roman cinerary vase carved with bucrania (ox skulls) and garlands

Pentelic marble

Height (excluding modern square marble base): 54cm, maximum
Height (excluding lid and square base): 46cm
Height (central body between the section below the lid and the pedestal): 30cm
Circumference: 85cm, maximum
Diameter (lid): 14cm
Diameter: 27cm, maximum

Museum number: A44

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 347help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

Within a fillet and waterleaf moulding, four bucrania [ox skulls] between which hang filleted garlands of fruit, pinecones, leaves and flowers. In the areas above and between, the inscription, a crane, a patera and a strigil (?) and bee. Inscribed, within the hang of a garland:

C. MARIUS

C. ET. ) L

BOTRIO


This vase may be of questionable date. It is possible that the body is Roman but the lid and section between body and pedestal are 18th century. The whole piece may be a product of one of the 18th century Roman workshops producing elaborate fakes for the Grand Tourist market.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Rome; purchased by Soane at the Adam Sale in 1818, as part of lot 96.

Literature

Corpus Inscriptiorum Latinarum, VI, III, 22189.
Robert Adam: the Creative Mind, exhibition catalogue addendum for Frick Collection, 1997.

Exhibition history

Robert Adam, The Creative Mind: from the Sketch to the Finished Drawing, Sir John Soane's Museum, October 1996 - February 1997; The Frick Collection, New York, December 1997 - April 1998; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, May - June 1998; The Octagon Museum, Washington, July 1998 - January 1999; Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, February - March 1999
The Adam Brothers in Rome: Drawings from the Grand Tour, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 25 September 2008 - 14 February 2009


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