About this object

Flat lid from an ash chest. In Blundell's 'Engravings' it is represented on top of the ash chest of Laflius Primigenius, for which it is a little too big. Davies (2007: 129) observed that this could be the lid alluded to in Blundell's 'Account'. In the Monumenta Matthaeina it appeared on top of the ash chest of Numisia Primigena 59.148.321a although it is rather small for that ash chest.

The slab for the lid is thick and has a raised broad strip which stands at right angle along the front. The top edge is curved as a rounded pediment and flanked by short bolsters with circular ends. The top of the lid is undecorated but worked smoothly, the underside of it is not shaped to fit the chest and is left roughly worked. It has no clamp holes. On its pediment there is a five petalled rosette inside a double ring of beads with taeniae on either side, the whole design recalls one of a wreath. Similar rosettes are in the circular front ends of the bolsters. A simple fascia moulding outlines the pediment.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Post-Medieval
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    18th Century 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
    125 mm x 315 mm x 260 mm
  • Note
    Davies (2007: 129) noted that the design of this lid is unusual, and the central wreath-like motif does not seem to be paralleled elsewhere. She noted that if it was not made in Roman times it was then probably from a time before the sale of the Mattei collection.
  • 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: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1810
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Ciriaco Mattei

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1614
    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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