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Roman garlanded cinerarium with ram's heads at the two front corners

Luna marble

Height: 31cm
Height (body): 24.5cm
Width (lid): 21.5cm
Length (lid): 19cm

Museum number: S147

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 330help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

Inset name plate between two ram's heads, from which a garland is suspended beneath across the front. Within, two facing birds; below the garland, near the corners two more birds facing outwards. The sides are carved with honeysuckle ornament. The lid, with acanthus antefixae at the corners, and a triple moulding below, features a rosette in the centre of the pediment.


For an analogous urn, there is an example in the Municipal Museum of Chartres, France, which has found its way there from Italy, probably in the same manner in which these urns reached Lincoln's Inn Fields. (E. Esperandieu, Recueil génèral des bas-reliefs de la Gaule romaine, Paris, 1907, IV, p.120, no.2981).

Similar in composition to plate 41, G.B. Piranesi, Vasi, candelabri, cippi, sarcofagi , tripodi, lucerne, ed ornamenti antichi, Rome, 1779.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Probably one of two urns purchased at Lord Bessborough's Sale (Christie's), 7 April 1801, Lot 72, £15.15s, but it is difficult to separate these from four acquired at Lord Mendip's sale, 18.V.1802 (Lots 4, 36, 44), which are also not explicitly described. Rome: "in hortibus Iustinianis", PTOL.; Gallerie Giustiniani, SEQ.


C.I.L. VI, iii, 17040 (and bibliography)

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