About this object

Rectangular ash chest now with an inscription to Lappia Pri. The inscription panel is superimposed on an imitation stone wall. The upper edge of the chest is not shaped to hold a lid.
The chest is decorated on three sides, its back and its cavity are only roughly worked. Small oval clamp holes are at the top on both sides approximately in the centre. The inscription reads
D M
LAPPIAE. PRIMAE.F
////X.A.XXXXIII
The interpretation may be: D(is) M(anibus) Lappiae Primae f(iliae ?factum ) (vi)x a(nnis) XXXXIII. To the Shades of Lappia Prima daughter of Prima, lived 43 years or To the Shades of Lappia Prima, daughter who lived 43 years or to the Shades, made for Lappia Prima who lived 43 years.
The f in the inscription stands for filiius/a (daughter) or fecit (made) but it is unlikely in this case that it means the verb (fecit) made.
The front and the sides have an incised design that imitates ashlar masonry. A recessed session is at the front corners while the lower and upper mouldings extend a little bit round the corner to the sides. The mouldings have a wave and a spiral or twisted band.
The decoration is simple but elegant but the simplicity of the design makes it difficult to date.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Roman
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    1st Century AD mid - 1st Century AD late with possilby modern inscription
  • 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 355 mm x 260 mm
  • Note
    Davies observes (in Davies 2007 ) that in Monumenta Mattheiana, pl. 65.1, the same urn appears with an inscription to Fulvanus, whereas we find the inscription to Lappia Prima on pl. 68.1 on another urn. The Lappia inscription appeared in Monumenta Matthaeiana III, p.135 without the horizontal line above the figures. In the Engravings the chest appeared twice drawn by different hands both with a lid with a plain pediment and had no damage in any of the illustrations. Because of the contractions in the old references to the inscription it is difficult to state whether the inscription is modern or 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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Publications

  • Ancient Marbles in Great Britain

    Michaelis, A

    Author: Michaelis, A
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Date: 1882
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  • Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum

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    Publisher: Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
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  • Monumenta Matthaeiana

    Venuti, R; Armadutio, J C

    Author: Venuti, R; Armadutio, J C
    Publisher:
    Date: 1778
    Description:

  • Roman Cineraria in 'Monumenta Mattheiana' and the Collection of Henry Blundell at Ince

    Davies, G

    Author: Davies, G
    Publisher:
    Date: 1990
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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:

  • 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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