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Cast of a Roman funerary altar decorated with festoons dedicated to a child named Silvanus

Plaster cast

Inscription: SILVANO
PVERO
CPETRONI
SECVNDI
QVI·VI·D·V
Inscription language: Latin

Museum number: M908

Curatorial note

This is a full-size cast of an original Roman altar now in the Galleria dei Candelabri of the Museo Pio-Clementino in the Vatican (V,44; inventory no. 2739). It was discovered in 1789 at Ostia and acquired by Pope Pius VI. It dates from the Flavian period judging from the form and iconography of the altar (see D. Boscchung, Antike Grabaltäre aus den Nekropolen Roms [Acta Bernensia, X], Bern 1987, p.100 n.710, taf.27).

The literature references below are for the original altar in the Vatican.

Literature

P. Massi, Indicazione antiquaria del Pontificio Museo Pio-Clementino in Vaticano, Rome, 1792, p.167, n.161
CIL XIV, 1626
G. Lippold, Die Skulpturen des Vaticanischen Museums, III,2, Berlin 1956, pp.402-403, taf.170, 44 (with bibliopgraphy preceding)


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