About this object

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

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    1st Century AD later
  • Materials
  • 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
  • Measurements
    125 mm x 430 mm x 325 mm
  • Note
    Davies observed that the corner masks and the round pediment are features of late 1sr century AD chests rather than early ones. Similar to ash chests in Castle Howard illustrated by Sinn and another in the Museo Nationale Romano.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell ( Collector, previous owner); Joseph William Weld ( Previous owner)

Explore related


  • Ancient Marbles in Great Britain

    Michaelis, A

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

  • 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


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
Object view = Humanities
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