Lot 65
  • 65

A Roman Marble Funerary Altar inscribed for Mystes and Dorius, 1st Century A.D.

Estimate
40,000 - 60,000 GBP
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131,250 GBP
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Description

  • A Roman Marble Funerary Altar inscribed for Mystes and Dorius
on an integral moulded base, finely carved with seated sphinxes in the lower corners and ram's heads holding garlands in the upper corners, and in front with Romulus and Remus suckling the she-wolf, an eagle with outspread wings, and a panel engraved with seven lines of Latin inscription translating "To the Spirits of the Departed. Volusia Irene to Mystes, slave of Lucius Volusius Saturninus, and to Dorius her son, who lived fifteen years and six months, with the permission of (our) master Quintus," a patera on one short side, a ewer on the other, a bird reaching for the garland on each short side, a rectangular cavity for the ashes on top; head of eagle and other details restored, back removed and replaced with an 18th-century exact copy of the front minus the inscription, lid missing and replaced by an Italian marble top.
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