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Marble cinerary urn

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The fillet-bordered, rectangualr nameplate is enframed by eagles holding a garland of fruits or flowers. They stand on one of the ribbons at either end. Seated sphinxes appear below, at the corners, and two birds peck at the buds or fruits between the nameplate and garland. An oak wreath (corona...

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Provenance

By 1972: with Miss Jeannette Brun, Dufourstrasse 119, Zurich 8008, Switzerland (from a Swiss private collection, presumably from Italy); purchased by MFA from Miss Jeannette Brun, January 12, 1972

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, Flavian, about A.D. 69–96

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 239; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 112 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 40.5 (with lid) x 40.5 x 29.5 cm (15 15/16 x 15 15/16 x 11 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

1972.15

Medium or Technique

Marble from Carrara in northwest Italy

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi