About this object

Lid of ash chest. Davies observed (2007, 119) that although the lid is associated both in the 'Engravings' and the 'Account' with the ash chest of Calidia Ursilia (59.148.346), the lid appears to fit the chest of Ellius Rufus (59.148.314a).

Probably acquired from the Mattei collection it appeared in the Monumenta Matthaeiana on top of the ash chest of Ellius Rufus. It is difficult to see from the drawing that this was this lid. In the Engravings it was associated with the ash chest of Calidia Ursilia. The size is right for the chest of Ellius Rufus and both the chest and the lid have clamp holes in the sides.

The lid is shaped like a low pitched roof with bolsters along the sides and a pediment at the front and the back. The top surface and the pediment are elaborately decorated but the back is undecorated. The sides have rectangular clamp holes and the ridge of the roof is marked by a plan narrow band running along it and a broad band running at right angles to this across the middle of the lid. This area is decorated with a stylised leaf pattern and rosettes in the bolster end of the front. The front pediment contains a symmetrical design of flowers, leaves and plant tendrils growing from a central calyx. This rests is on a simple fascia. The rosettes in the pediment and the bolster have four petals. Lids of this type were popular at different Roman times but the shape with the bolsters and the low pediment was more of the earlier Julio Claudian times rather than later on. The lid may have belonged to the ash chest of Elliius Rufus and it is dated in the same time Claudian, Neronian time.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    50 - 68 AD Late Claudian - 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
    70 mm x 315 mm x 305 mm
  • Note
    The lid is made of four pieces , the front one block of stone and the back portion made of three separate rectangular pieces joined together the one in the centre is deeper than the ones on the side. The joins are all straight, the lid did not naturally break but was put together in some radical type of restoration. The front of the lid is ancient. There is a hole drilled at the top of the lid with traces of metal in it.
  • 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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