About this object

Rectangular double ash chest with most of the front of teh chest recut to create a smooth new surface for the inscriptions. The inscription on the left panel is:
D M
CALIDIAE VRSLIAE
V.A.XXXII.M.VI.D.X
L.CALIDIVS BVCVLVS
LIBERTAE PIENTISSIMAE
ET INCOMPARABILI
FECIT
The translation would be To the Shades of Calidia Ursilia, who lived 32 years 6 months and 10 days. Lucius Claidius Buculus made this for his very dutifukl and incomparable freedwoman
To the right panel:
D M
TELESPHORI PRIMITIVI
VIXIT AN.VIIII MEN.III
DIEBVS XVI. HORIS X
POSVIT ONESIMVS
PATER
The translation for this would be: to the Shades s of Telesphorus Primitivus who lived 9 years, 3 months,16 days and 10 hours. Onesimus his father set it up.
There appears to be no link between the two insciptions which may have been copied by different sources. The original chest had two cavities and no inscriptions as it was illustrated in the Monumenta Matthaeiana but it appeared in the Engravings volume. It is likely that the inscriptions were added sometime before they left Italy and the Mattei collection. There may have been two stages to the restoration: one when the original inscription was smoothened out and when the carving of the central pillar was made. At a later stage the current inscriptions were added.
The sides have no decoration apart from a moulding at the top and bottom: a narrow fascia with a twisted or spiral design followed by a plain cyma. On either side of the front there is a vertical row of three rosettes in high relief. Each rosette has fice petals. In between the incription panelswhich are defined by a groove and separated by a band of irregularly spaced diagonal grooves, arranged to give the impression of a spirally fluted column with no base or a capital.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    1st Century AD (Claudian - Neronian) mid
  • 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
    230 mm x 365 mm x 245 mm
  • Note
    Davies (2007) concluded that although the inscription was a later addition, the ash chest in itself was Roman and that the evidence of the Monumenta Mattaeiana suggesting that the two restorations were executed at different times could also not be trusted. Lisandroni and d'Este's reservations about the ash chest not being Roman could also not be trusted. The rosettes motif was used in several ash chests such as the C. Cassius Dionysius in the Museo Nazionale Romano and they suggest a date as the middle of the 1st century AD.
  • 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
    Description:

  • Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum

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    Publisher: Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
    Date:
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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
    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:

  • 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: 1789
    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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