About this object

Rectangular ash chest of M. Clodius Castor. Most of the back of this chest was restored and a large U-shape insert held in place with iron pns. The ash chest is decorated at the front while the sides are worked smooth apart from the front corner recessed panels containing the Ammon heads and baskets. The back and the interior cavity are roughly worked and the upper edge is not shaped to hold a lid and there are no clamp holes.
The inscription is D. M.
The translation is: To the Shades. To Marcus Clodius Marcus (His) mother made (this) for (her) most dutiful son.
The name of the mother is not included in the dedication and neither is the age of the son but the adjective pientissimo for the son is a standard one.
The first letter of the third line was obliterated by damage but reads as R in the Monumenta Mattaeiana. There is not enough room within the inscription panel for the final O which is carved in smaller size on the frame.Otherwise the spacing is good and the letters are clear and uncluttered though rather large for the size of the panel.
The decoration at the front corners is of the Ammon heads above baskets or vases full with pieces of fruit which cannot be defined. A laurel garland hangs from the horns of the heads in the space under the inscription panel. No other motifs are around the garland which fills the space. The frame for the inscription is a simple fascia and cyma moulding and a plain fascia at the top and bottom of the front.
The head of the Jupiter Ammon was popular at the upper corners of the ash chests but the combinations of baskets at the lower corners is unusual. The garland details are schematic and there are no berries or refinements such as leaves while in between the leaves there is visible drilling

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    2nd Century AD early
  • 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
    170 mm x 335 mm x 205 mm
  • Note
    Davies (2007) compared it to ash chest of A. Mucius Restutues. The chest came from the Mattei collection and it was exported by Lisandroni and d'Este in 1789. It was included in the Monumenta Matthaeiana but without a lid.
  • 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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Previous owners

  • Joseph William Col Sir Weld

    Owned from: 1958
    How acquired: By descent
    Owned until: 1959
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Blundell

    Owned from: 1789
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1810
    Disposal method: Bequest
  • Antonio d'Este

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1789
    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
  • 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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