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PROPERTY FROM AN ENGLISH PRIVATE COLLECTION

A Roman Marble Cinerary urn inscribed for Volunseia Tyche, 1st half of the 1st century A.D.
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PROPERTY FROM AN ENGLISH PRIVATE COLLECTION

A Roman Marble Cinerary urn inscribed for Volunseia Tyche, 1st half of the 1st century A.D.
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A Roman Marble Cinerary urn inscribed for Volunseia Tyche, 1st half of the 1st century A.D.
of almost square form, carved in front and on the sides with garlands of flowers, fruit, and ears of grain suspended from the horns of rams's heads at the corners, a bird picking at the fruit in the lunette, two others below, leaf moulding along the base and crown, the framed panel engraved with three lines of Latin inscription reading Volunseia / Mariae l(iberta) / Tyche v(ixit) a(nnos) XXXII ("Volunseia Tyche, Maria's freedwoman. She lived 32 years"), the gabled lid with tiles of echeloned pointed leaves, pulvini, and pediment adorned with palmettes growing from twin linked rosettes, wave pattern along the base; no restorations. 
41 by 38 by 37 cm.
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Provenance

recorded in the Fall of 1752 at a private house in Orvieto by Cardinal Giuseppe Garampi (1725-1792), Prefect of the Archivio Segreto Vaticano
Alan Gradon Thomas (1911-1992), Bournemouth, UK
English private collection, received as a gift from the above, in the late 1950s/early 1960s
by descent to the present owner

Literature

RECORDED
Archivio Vaticano, Fondo Garampi, no. 135 (adv. III), p. 55

PUBLISHED
Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum, vol. XI: Inscriptiones Aemiliae Etruriae Umbriae latinae, part 2, fasc. 2, Berlin, 1926, p. 1308, no. 7364 (http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/marbilder/4274499)
L. Fumi, "L''Iter urbevetanum et perusinum' del Garampi", Bollettino della Deputazione di storia patria per l'Umbria, vol. 14, 1908, p. 598
Ronald Syme, "The Early Tiberian Consuls," Historia, vol. 30, 1981, p. 191

Catalogue Note

For the decoration of the urn cf. e.g. F. Sinn, Stadtrömische Marmorurnen, 1987, p. 106, no. 60 and pl. 19, e-f.

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