A Roman Marble Cinerary Urn and Lid
circa 1st Century A.D.
of cylindrical form, carved in low relief in front with a blank rectangular panel flanked by confronted griffins standing with their head turned up and back, and on the back with a frontal erote emerging with arms and wings outstretched from a calyx of acanthus leaves linked to two rising scrolling stalks centering rosettes on either side, the top of the domed lid decorated with radiating overlapping pointed leaves, small rounded leaves below the knob; mortises below the rim of the chest for insertion of now missing lead clamps; no restorations.
Total height 57 cm.
Surface slightly weathered overall, except on base and lower moulding.
Top of lid quite weathered and with a chip along each edge, lower and upper.
Horizontal stress crack runs around almost entire urn across griffins legs and lower third of central panel.
Three holes for bronze pins (one preserved) on top of rim for attachment of lid.
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For a typologically related example with scrolling vine in the back see D. Boschung, H. v. Hesberg, and A. Linfert, Die antiken Skulpturen in Chatsworth sowie in Dunham Massey und Withington Hall, 1997, no. 88 (http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/4176).