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A Roman funerary urn (cinerarium) with dolphins at the corners supporting garlands and a separate lid.

Pentelic marble

Height: 34.5cm
Height (body): 18.5cm
Height (lid): 10cm
Width (lid): 30.5cm
Length (lid): 24cm

Museum number: M406

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 337help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

On the front of this urn, between plain fillet mouldings, is a waterleaf-framed name plate. At the front corners are two reversed dolphins1 supporting a garland below and between them. The sides of the urn are carved with stylised palmettes. The lid has a filleted wreath within a curved pediment between front corner antefixae.
Inscribed: D M
(OCTANI (POCTANI)
ACMAEL (ACMAEI)

1 On urns decorated with dolphins, see Vermeule 329 and Vermeule 336 with further references.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Said by Vermeule to have been purchased by Soane at Lord Mendip's Sale, 18 May 802, Lot 35, A cinerary Urn and Cover, ornamented with Dolphins, funeral Wreath and Inscription' £6.6.0; however, the Bodleian Library copy of the sale catalogue has this lot marked down to a different buyer, 'Sir B... Proc...' [not an agent for Soane].

Literature

Description of Sir John Soane's Museum, 1930, p.68, fig.37.
J. Summerson, Sir John Soane, London, 1952, ill. on title page


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