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

Marble

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

Museum No.

M933

Provenance

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

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.

Bibliography

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


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