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Roman funerary (cinerary) vase decorated with masks and a palmette frieze.

Luna marble, with three of the masks in Pentelic marble

Height: 51cm, maximum
Height (excluding lid): 45cm
Height (pedestal and base): 8cm
Height (frieze): 12cm
Circumference (lid): 40cm
Circumference: 77.5cm, maximum
Width (base): 11.5cm, maximum
Length (bottom of base): 11.5cm

Museum number: M933

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 349help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

The body of this vase is enriched with fluting in various patterns, scrolled foliage, a rope fillet, linked inverted palmettes, convex fluting, and flat, overlapping acanthus leaves (springing from the bottom). For the general body type compare this vase with the inscribed circular urn with restored pedestal and ancient lid in Berlin1.

1 Königliche Museen zu Berlin, Beschreibung der antiken Skulpturen, Berlin, 1891, p. 438, no. 1129.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Purchased at Lord Mendip's Sale, 18 May 1802, £10.0.0.

Literature

Description of Sir John Soane's Museum, 1930, p.82, fig. 48 (right rear).


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