A RELIEF-CARVED MARBLE 'GRAND TOUR' MODEL OF THE TOMB OF NÆVOLEIA TYCHE, ITALIAN, SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
on a rectangular black hardstone base
12.5cm. high, 11.5cm. wide, 8.5cm. deep; 5in., 4½in., 3¼in.
Generally good. Ingrained dirt and some staining from this. Chip to reverse (old). Old marks from moulded top. One scrolled detail to the top loose.
The inscription on this model differs from what is actually carved on the tomb. The actual fullsize tomb inscription is loosely translated as follows: 'Nævoleia Tyche, freedwoman of Lucius Naevoleius, for herself and for Gaius Munatius Faustus, member of the Brotherhood of Augustus and suburban official, to whom on account of his distinguished services the city council, with the approval of the people, granted a seat of double width. This monument Naevoleia Tyche built in her lifetime also for the freedmen and freedwomen of herself and of Gaius Munatius Faustus'.
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Probably Robert Berkeley (1764-1845) between 1816-1818.
This model of the tomb of Nævoleia Tyche at Pompeii is one of the more unusual Grand Tour souvenirs, particularly when compared to more typical models of Scipios tomb and the Temples of Castor and Pollux etc. that were collected at that time. The Tyche tomb was excavated in 1812 and dates from the later Neronian Period. Tyche was a successful trader and the extravagant tombs she built for herself, outside the Herculaneum gate, and her husband, also a freed slave, are a demonstration of this.