About this object

Rectangular ash chest of M. Claudius Paetus, with associated lid (59.148.360b).
It was excavated outside the Porta Capena in Rome and then in the Mattei collection. It was exported by Lisandroni and d' Este in 1789.
The chest stands on four low feet and is decorated on all its four sides. The top edge is not shaped to hold the lid and there are no signs of clamp holes. The interior cavity is smoothly worked. The decoration is the same on all its four sides but the available field is wider on the front and back rather than its sides. On each side the field is framed by a plain fascia and cyma moulding and the surface is worked smooth. The inscription is
Side 1: M.CLAVDI
Side 2: PAETI
Side 3: M.CLAVDI
Side 4: PAETI
The Monumenta Matthaeiana only recorded one inscription on the ash chest the M.Claudi but the Account included the inscription on the three sides. There is a question as to whether all the sides originally had the inscription.
The words and the letters are very similar to all the sides and this could well mean that they were all carved at the same time. The repetition of the name and the arrangement across the two sides of the chest is very unusual. The general design of the framed fields on the sides, front and back and the low feet suggest a very early design
The ash chest was displayed by Henry Blundell at Ince Hall in a niche on the staircase, used as a base for a statue.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    1 AD - 35 AD
  • 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
    210 mm x 325 mm x 280 mm
  • Note
    Davies (2007) commented that the unusual form of the inscription may suggest that it was added some time before being exported from Italy or that it could be a very early form of inscription. She compared it with the ash chest dedicated to the imperial freedman C. Iulius Lochus Quinctillianus now in Palermo
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell ( Collector, previous owner); Antonio d'Este ( Previous owner); Ferdinando Lisandroni ( Previous owner); Giuseppe Mattei ( Previous owner); Joseph William Col Sir 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

    Author:
    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
    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
  • 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
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