- Museum number
Marble sepulchral chest of Silia Attica, divided internally into two compartments
- Production date
- 1stC (probably)
Height: 19.65 centimetres
Width: 54.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Cook 2013, nr. 24:
'A sepulchral urn of a flat oblong form about two feet long, formerly in the Burioni Villa. It has two divisions, which contained the ashes of two bodies. The chief part of the front is occupied by a tablet, containing the following inscription, on each side of which is represented the Genius of production, placed upon the cista mystica, which also contains the usual symbolical fruit at which a sparrow is pecking
D • M • SILIAE • ATTICAE • FECIT •
P • SILIVS • ABASCANTVS •MATRI •
(First Townley Inventory, staircase 21).
The inscription was copied by Tolomei in 1666, when the urn was in the possession of the sculptor Adam in Rome. Later in the Passionei collection at Frascati (from 1743) [Smith, Guerrini] and in the Villa Burioni (for references see CIL VI, 26571).Townley mentions the Villa Burioni in the First Townley Inventory, the 1804 Parlour Catalogue, and the Parlour Catalogue owned by Simon Townley.
Bought from Pacilli in 1768 for 15 Scudi (TY 10/1-2; TY 10/3, fo. 2; TY 10/5; 'Union Catalogue', fo. 3r), rendered as £5 in TY 10/7; probably one of the ‘eight cinerary urns’ mentioned in TY 10/6.
Townley drawings 2010,5006.299.
First half of the second century AD [Sinn].
- Synopsis of the Contents of the British Museum (1808) V.11.
- Ancient Marbles of the British Museum V, pl. 3, fig. 1.
- A. H. Smith, A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Vol. III (London 1904), 356-7, no. 2376.
- L. Guerrini, Marmi antichi nei disegni di Pier Leone Ghezzi (Vatican City 1971), 123, no. 129, pl. 85, 2; drawing pl. 85.1
- Friederike Sinn, Stadrömische Marmorurnen (Mainz am Rhein 1987), 230, no.568.
- CIL VI, 26571.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number