About this object

Rectangular ash chest with the inscription on a separate panel and inserted into the frame. This restoration was probably done in modern times, after the ash chest arrived in Britain. There are also breaks above the inscription panel with a restored triangular piece above the inscription. The breaks extend to the inside of the chest. There are also two holes drilled through the chest, one through the centre in the bottom and the other through the back near the lower left hand corner. The inscription is D (is) M (aniibus)/ Claudi Rufi/v(ix)a(nnis) XXX di (ebus ) II. To the shades of Claudus Rufus who lived 30 years and 2 days. Davies observed that the lack of the praenomen for Claudus Rufus may be an indication that the inscription was modern.
There are mouldings on the front and bottom of the front and sides of the chest. On the front the mouldings have a twisted spiral design and an undecorated wave and on the sides a plan fascia and a wave. On the front there is an elaborate tabular ansata with a twisted design on its moulded frame. On the triangular wings there are four petal rosettes arranged around the panel in the corners flanking the wings.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy
  • Date made
    54 - 68 (Neronian)
  • 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
    200 mm x 380 mm x 280 mm
  • Note
    Possibly from the Mattei Collection with a restored inscription fitted. In Monumenta Matthaeina the inscription only shows the D. M. Dated based on Sinn, for the simple tabular ansatae to the second half of the 1st century AD. The fact that the inscription was inserted onto the panel is not necessary an indication that it is not ancient.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell ( Collector, previous owner); Antonio d'Este ( Previous owner); Ferdinando Lisandroni ( Previous owner); Giuseppe Mattei ( Previous owner); Joseph William Weld ( Previous owner)

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  • Ancient Marbles in Great Britain

    Michaelis, A

    Author: Michaelis, A
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Date: 1882
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  • Enhancing by inscription in the late eighteenth century: the case of Henry Blundell's Ash Chests

    Davies, G

    Author: Davies, G
    Publisher: Institute of Classical Studies
    Date: 2000
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  • Monumenta Matthaeiana

    Venuti, R; Armadutio, J C

    Author: Venuti, R; Armadutio, J C
    Publisher:
    Date: 1778
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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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  • The Inscriptions on the Ash Chests of the Ince Blundell Hall Collection: Ancient and Modern

    Davies, Glenys

    Author: Davies, Glenys
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press
    Date: 2000
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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
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