Ash Chest Lid



Lid of ash chest illlustrated in Blundell's Engravings as the one for the ash chest of M. Burrius. The lid also fits the description of Blundell in his Account. Davies (2007) observed the lid seems too narrow to the original lid of the chest and has no clamp holes that correspond to those of the chest. At the front there is a wreath in the pediment with ribbons (taeniae) spreading from it. Youth masks serve as acroteria at the corners. They are probably satyrs and their pupils are heavily drilled in their eyes. The top surface is not decorated and appears very rough. The back corner acroteria are only blocked out and not decorated and the back is roughly worked. This may have been the lid of a large ash chest.