About this object

Ash chest of Numisia Primigenia, acquired from the Mattei collection and exported by Lisandroni and d' Este. Because of the bibliographical reference to two versions of the same inscription, (Henzen G et al, 1876-1933 ) both with the same text but with different lining and the well preserved state of the inscription it was suggested that either the inscription or the ash chest or both were modern.

The chest is illustrated in the Monumenta Matthaeiana with a different lid no 84 but in the Engravings it is mentioned with a much simpler lid, perhaps no 97.

The ash chest is decorated only at the front with the sides worked smooth but undecorated and the back and bottom roughly worked. The inner cavity is also roughly worked and has clear tool marks. There are no traces of clamps and top edge is shaped to hold the lid. The inscription in the centre at the front is
D.M
NVMI
SIAE
PRIMI
GENI
AE
D(is) M(anibus)/Numi/siae/Prime/geni/ae: to the shades of Numisia Primigenia

The inscription is in a panel which takes up the full height of the chest and with a simply moulded frame with a diagonal groove across each corner. The frame of the panel merges at top and bottom with a plain fascia moulding along the top and bottom of the chest front. On either side of the inscription panel are four vertical flutes, deep and rounded in cross section. Between each pair of flutes is a groove.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    2nd Century AD late; Modern
  • 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
    185 mm x 320 mm x 265 mm
  • Note
    Identical inscription to C.I.L. VI 23134; C.I.L. Davies commented that the entire chest may be modern, not only the inscription. The fluted decoration and use of Proconnesian marble suggest that if it was ancient it would be of a later date.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell ( Collector, previous owner); Antonio d'Este ( Previous owner); Ferdinando Lisandroni ( 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:

  • Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum

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    Publisher: Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
    Date:
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  • 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
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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: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1810
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Ferdinando Lisandroni

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1789
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Antonio d'Este

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1789
    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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