A ROMAN MARBLE CINERARY URN INSCRIBED FOR LUCIUS CALVINUS PUBIANUS SABINUS, CIRCA LATE 1ST CENTURY A.D., ENGRAVED AND RESTORED BY GIANBATTISTA PIRANESI (1720-1778)A Roman Marble Cinerary Urn inscribed for Lucius Calvinus Pubianus Sabinus
40,000 - 60,000 GBP
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carved in front in high relief with a festoon of leaves, fruit, and flowers hanging from two ram's heads and surmounted by an eagle with outspread wings, two birds picking at the fruit from below, the framed panel engraved with five lines of modern Latin inscription reading D(is) M(anibus)/L(ucio) Calvino Pu-/biano Sabino/L(ucius) Tucius Coc(ceius)/Nat(o) benemer(enti) ("To the Spirits of the Departed. Lucius Tucius Cocceius (made this) for Lucius Calvinus Pubianus Sabinus, his well-deserving son"), each side with a palmette in low relief, the gabled lid (probably from a funerary altar) with echeloned leaf-shaped tiles and arched front carved in high relief with the nude bust of a young boy, his writing implements to his left, his faithful dog resting its paw on his right shoulder, the urn resting on an ornate stepped Carrara marble base.