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    Sale 5444

    Town & Country Perspectives - The Charles Plante Collection

    4 June 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 10

    AN ITALIAN MARMO NERO BELGIO MODEL OF THE SARCOPHAGUS FROM THE TOMB OF THE SCIPIOS

    MID-19TH CENTURY, AFTER THE ANTIQUE

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    AN ITALIAN MARMO NERO BELGIO MODEL OF THE SARCOPHAGUS FROM THE TOMB OF THE SCIPIOS
    Mid-19th century, after the antique
    The lid with palm-scrolled ends, the front edge inscribed CORNELIVS. CN. F. SCIPIO, the main body Roman Doric entablature above the inscription
    5½ x 10¾ x 3½ in. (14 x 27½ x 9 cm.)


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    The sarcophagus is of Lucius Cornelius Scipio Barbatus, the celebrated conqueror of the Etruscans in 298 BC. It was discovered in 1780 in the Tomb of the Scipios on the Appian Way, and later transported by Pius VI to Rome's Pio-Clementino Museum.
    It is inscribed with Barbatus's epitaph: 'Lucius Cornelius Scipio Barbatus, the son of Gnaeus, a courageous and wise man; he was a consul censor, and councillor in your country. He conquered Taurasia and Cisauna, in the Samnium, and subjugated the whole of Lucania, whence he brought back hostages'.

    Scipio Barbatus was consul in Rome in 298 B.C.

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