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Roman cinerarium and lid: between double fillet and compressed waterleaf mouldings is a large name plate with similar borders flanked by two enriched Tuscan pilasters. The lid has a curved pediment ornamented with an eagle with wings half spread and an antefix on each of the four corners with enriched borders below on three sides. There are large palmettes carved on the ends / sides of the cinerarium.

Height: 37cm
Height (excluding lid): 29cm
Width (lid): 28cm
Length (lid): 27cm

Museum number: M708

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 321help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

Inscribed:
DIOSCHORI
ISIDORIS
V·A·I

The inscription here is questioned in C.I.L.; an antique prototype, however, is acknowledged.

The lid, even though ancient is likely to be from a different urn and cut to the correct size. As bases to urns were rarely, or as Sinn states, 'never', ancient, the base is a later 'restoration' as well. Professor Glenys Davies (correspondence in SM object file) considers this urn to be possibly from the Piranesi workshop based on a comparative study of the patterns used on the bases of urns known to have passed through Piranesi's hands. It is possible that Piranesi added a base to heighten the decorative effect.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Unrecorded.

Literature

Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum (CIL), VI, iii, 16894.
F. Sinn, Stadtrómische Marmorurnen, Mainz, 1987, p.270.


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