6 December 2007,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 15,000
Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 20,000
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.
Swiss Private Collection, late 1960s.
PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION