About this object

Ash chest of Publilius Severianus. The inscription is under a carving of a small pediment, which has the impression of a gabled lid, flanked bolsters and palmette infills.The frame of the inscription is flanked by chains of bell flowers, each chain containing five flowers and is at the edge of the corner of the chest. The pediment is flanked with designs of three fronds in relief similar to the ones used in the palmettes and at the corners are roundels which contain an eight petalle rosette. The design of the bell flowers is more neoclassical than classical and so are the palmette infills. On the left side of the chest there is decoration of a jug with an exaggerated handle and a long spout not characteristic for funerary grave altars. On the right hand side there ia a patera with a raised umbo.
The inscription is:
D M
T.PVBLILIV.SEVERIANY
FECIT
PVBLILIO.SEVERIANO
PATRI.B.M
D(is) M(anibus)/T(itus) Publiliu(s) Severianu (s)/fecit/ Publilio Severiano/patri b(ene) m(erenti)>
To the Shades, Titus Publilius Severianus made this for Publilius Severianus, (his) well deserved father.

The inscription is well organised and clear and fits the panel and the letters are even at every height. Dropping the s at the end of the dedicator's name is unusual but found in other inscriptions. The clear and crispy feeling of the inscription may be more a suggestion that is of the 18th century.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Roman
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
  • Materials
    Marble
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Collector
    Henry Blundell
  • Place collected
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date collected
    1789
  • Measurements
    310 mm x 425 mm x 285 mm
  • Note
    Engr. 133,4-6 Davies ( 2007 ) observed that there is not close parallel to the architectural decoration of this ash chest, especially above the inscription and suggested that the ash chest was a modern creation.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell ( Collector, previous owner); Ciriaco Mattei ( Previous owner); Giuseppe Mattei ( Previous owner); Joseph William Weld ( Previous owner)

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Publications

  • Ancient Marbles in Great Britain

    Michaelis, A

    Author: Michaelis, A
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Date: 1882
    Description:

  • The Ince Blundell Collection of Classical Sculpture. Volume 2 - The Ash Chests and other Funerary Reliefs

    Davies, Glenys

    Author: Davies, Glenys
    Publisher: Verlag Philipp von Zabern
    Date: 2007
    Description:

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph William Col Sir Weld

    Owned from: 1958
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1959
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Henry Blundell

    Owned from: 1789
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1810
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Giuseppe Mattei

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Ciriaco Mattei

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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