6 December 2007
A ROMAN MARBLE CINERARY URN
CIRCA 3RD CENTURY A.D.
Cylindrical in form, sculpted in relief with two young tritons, their fish tails intertwined, each holding a conch shell and a thick garland, framing an inscribed plaque, reading, "To the Shades of the Underworld, for Lucius Aelvius Volusianus," a small dolphin below, the lid domed
15½ in. (39.4 cm.) high
Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 14 June 1993, lot 91.
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The Volusianii were a branch of the Caeonii, a prominent Roman family of the 3rd century A.D.
For a cylindrical cinerarium sculpted with tritons, now in the Vatican Museums, see no. 627 in Sinn, Stadtrömische Marmorurnen.
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