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    Sale 1915

    Antiquities

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 164

    A ROMAN MARBLE CINERARY URN

    CIRCA LATE 1ST CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    A ROMAN MARBLE CINERARY URN
    CIRCA LATE 1ST CENTURY A.D.
    With an inscribed panel on the front framed below by a garland suspended by ribbons tied to the twisted horns of a ram's head at each corner, a bird below each with its head turned back, two birds below the inscribed panel, reading, "For Epitynchanus, the chief accountant of Ampliatus, a freedman of the Imperial household. He lived 20 years," the remainder of the sides and rounded back undecorated, likely placed in a niche
    12½ in. (31.8 cm.) wide


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    The abbreviation SER ACTORI in this inscription alludes to the title of servus actor, the position of chief accountant of a private household. The name Ampliatus, the deceased's master, originated in the Augustan Period as a name for freed slaves.

    Provenance

    Swiss Private Collection, late 1960s.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION