8 June 2007
A ROMAN MARBLE CINERARY URN
CIRCA MID 2ND CENTURY A.D.
Cylindrical in form, of strigillated type, the front with a rectangular tabula framed by two nude boys shouldering a large garland, the tabula inscribed in Latin, reading: "For the underworld divinities: For Gaius Munatius Dionysius. Eutychas and Lysimachus, Freedmen, [erected this] for a very deserving Patron," the lid a modern replacement
8¾ in. (22.2 cm.) high (2)
Japanese Private Collection, 1980s.
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For related urns see an example in the Museo Nazionale Romano and one in the Vatican Museums, nos. 605 and 626 in Sinn, Stadtrömische Marmorurnen.
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