A Roman Marble Cinerary Urn inscribed for Caius Telegenius Azmenus, circa late 1st/early 2nd Century A.D.
the front carved in relief with a fruit-laden garland hanging from two corner theatre masks with ringlets, an eagle with outspread wings beneath each mask, two birds picking at the garland in the lunette, the recessed panel engraved with four lines of Latin inscription: Dis Manibus / C(aio) Telegenio Azmeno / vixit a(nnos) XXI (m)enses III Telegennia / Mater ("To the spirits of the departed. To Caius Telegenius Azmenus. He lived twenty-one years and three months. (His) mother Telegennia (had this made)," the gabled lid with palmette-shaped acroteria, the pediment decorated in shallow relief with a bird picking fruit flowing from a cornucopia.
26.7 by 33.5 by 31.5 cm.
found near the Porta Capena in Rome in 1639
Senator Carlo Strozzi (1587-1671), Villa Casamorata, Florence, and by descent in the same location until at least 1875
Galleria Sangiorgi, Rome
Joseph Brummer, New York, inv. no. N401, acquired from the above on January 2nd, 1920
Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, Part I of the Notable Art Collection belonging to the Estate of the Late Joseph Brummer, April 20th-23rd, 1949, lot 165
American private collection, Connecticut, acquired in the 1970s
American private collection, by descent from the above (Westport Auctions, Westport, Conn., July 17th, 2016, no. 46)
Antonio Francesco Gori, Inscriptiones antiquae in Etruriae urbibus exstantes, vol. I, Florence, 1727, p. 341, no. 15
Ludovico Antonio Muratori, Novus thesaurus veterum inscriptionum, vol. II, Milan, 1740, p. 1219, no. 7
Hans Dütschke, Antike Bildwerke in Oberitalien, vol. 2: Antike Bildwerke in Florenz, Leipzig, 1875, pp. 224-225, no. 481 (24)
Christian Hülsen, Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum, vol. VI: Inscriptiones Urbis Romae Latinae, part. IV, fasc. 1: Tituli sepulcrales: Plotia-Zozion, Berlin, 1894, no. 27136