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Cinerary urn with offering scene

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On the front, a man wearing a toga pours a libation over a tripod-altar. Next to him are two youths, one of whom plays the double flute. A woman raises her hand in a gesture of prayer. She is flanked by a girl. The scene takes place in front of a curtain and is framed by pilasters. The...

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By the 1950s or 1960s: the Stirt Collection, Vevey, Switzerland; by December 2001: with Christie's, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020; December 6, 2001: purchased on behalf of MFA by Brian T. Aitken, Acanthus Gallery, 535 E. 72nd St., New York, NY 10021 at Christie's auction 9796 (Dec. 5-6, 2001, lot 598); museum purchase from Brian T. Aitken with funds donated by Cornelius C. Vermeule III in memory of Emily Townsend Vermeule, January 28, 2002; accessioned by MFA, February 27, 2002

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Museum purchase with funds donated in memory of Emily Townsend Vermeule

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 150


Height: 36.8 cm (14 1/2 in.); width: 49.2 cm (19 3/8 in.); depth: 41.6 cm (16 3/8 in.)

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Marble, from the island of Proconnesus in the Sea of Marmara near Istanbul, Turkey


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi