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A Roman Marble Cinerary Urn inscribed by M. Ulpius Corinthus, 1st half of the 2nd Century A.D.
of rectangular form, carved in front with an oak-leaf garland hanging from filleted corner bucrania, a gorgoneion in the lunette, a swan with upturned head in each lower corner, the framed panel engraved with five lines of Latin inscription, the first one fragmentary, reading ]l[...]e / Aug(usti) l(ibertae) / M(arcus) Ulpius Aug(usti) l(ibertus) / Corinthus / matri piissimae fec(it) ("... imperial freedwoman. Marcus Ulpius Corinthus, imperial freedman, made this for his most pious mother").
31.6 by 38.1 by 29.7 cm. without lid
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Provenance

in 1869 with a stone carver at 142 Via Giulia in Rome
James Powell, Austin, Texas
acquired from the above by Martha Hyder

Literature

PUBLISHED
Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum, vol. VI: Inscriptiones Urbis Romae latinae, part 4, fasc. 1, Berlin, 1894, no. 29158 (http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/marbilder/4272920)
Heikki Solin, Die stadtrömischen Sklavennamen: ein Namenbuch, Stuttgart, 1996, p. 366
Paul Weaver, Repertorium Familiae Caesarum, p. 184, no. 1172 (http://alte-geschichte.phil-fak.uni-koeln.de/fileadmin/home/Abteilungen/Alte_Geschichte/Mitarbeiter/Eck/Weaver/07_Ulpii.pdf)

Catalogue Note

For the decoration of the urn cf. e.g. F. Sinn, Stadtrömische Marmorurnen, 1987, p. 177, no. 356 and pl. 58, a.

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