Lot 38
  • 38

A ROMAN MARBLE CINERARY URN AND LID, FLAVIAN, CIRCA A.D. 69-96 | A Roman Marble Cinerary Urn and lid

8,000 - 12,000 GBP
27,500 GBP
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  • marble
  • 41.9 by 41.3 by 31.7 cm.
with rounded back, carved in front with four birds beneath a rectangular panel, two rams' heads supporting an olive garland, and an eagle in each corner, the inscription of later date.


Sir Francis Cook, 1st Baronet (1817-1901), Doughty House, Richmond, Surrey
Sir Francis Cook, 4th Baronet (1907-1978), by descent, sold shortly after WWII
estate of Joan Griffiths (Christie's, London, July 28th, 2009, no. 288A, illus.)
Sotheby's, New York, June 11th, 2010, no. 44, illus.
Bonhams, London, October 2nd, 2014, no. 43, illus.


Ludovico Antonio Muratori, Novus Thesaurus Veterum Inscriptionum, Milan, 1739-1742, p. 1319, no. 8
Adolf Michaelis, Ancient Marbles in Great Britain, Cambridge, 1882, p. 642, no. 80
Christian Hülsen, ed., Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum, vol. VI: Inscriptiones Urbis Romae latinae, part 4: Additamenta, Berlin, 1902, no. 30482a
Eugenie Strong, "Antiques in the Collection of Sir Frederic Cook, Bart., at Doughty House, Richmond," Journal of Hellenic Studies, vol. 28, 1908, p. 40, no. 65, fig. 23 (https://archive.org/stream/journalofhelleni28sociuoft#page/41/mode/1up)
Friederike Sinn, Stadtrömische Marmorurnen, Mainz am Rhein, 1987, p. 149, no. 227

Catalogue Note

The inscription to L. Casperius Epaphroditus, which scholars deem to be a modern addition, was probably copied from one in Naples (CIL VI.14480; Catalogo delle iscrizioni latine del Museo di Napoli, vol. 1, Naples, 2000, p. 114-115, no. 218).