- Museum number
Marble sepulchral chest of Vipsania Thalassa and Tiberius Claudius Epictetus.
- Production date
- 20-60 (circa)
Height: 45.72 centimetres
Width: 54.61 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Cook 2013, nr. 121:
‘A cinerary urn two feet high, eighteen inches wide; The front and the two sides are ornamented with festoons of fruit, hanging from rams heads, sparrows destroying a lizard, a grasshopper, and a butterfly, an Eagle in the pediment, and a tablet with the following inscription.
[inserted after ‘inscription’ in smaller script to fit the available space:] ‘engraved by Boissart Lib 3. Tab 86. formerly in ye Villa Cæsi.’ (TY 12/3, dining room 25). Later (1716) in the collection of Cardinal Albani (CIL).
Bought from Piranesi in 1772-3 (ST 1, fo. 19r) for 40 Scudi (TY 10/3, fo. 5; TY 10/5), rounded up by Townley to £10 (TY 10/7). A duplicate entry in TY 10/3 naming the vendor as Jenkins is presumably simply an error.
Late Claudian or Neronian [Sinn]; Claudian [Altmann].
* Townley drawing 2010,5006.292.
* Nollekens: B. F. Cook, `The Townley Marbles in Westminster and Bloomsbury', The British Museum Yearbook, 2 (1977), 45, figs. 26-27, no.18.
* Chambers: B. F. Cook, `The Townley Marbles in Westminster and Bloomsbury', The British Museum Yearbook, 2 (1977), 42-43, figs. 24-25, no. 23.
* Dal Pozzo drawing Vol.II, fol. 35, no. 348 (GR 2005,0927.35)
- Synopsis of the Contents of the British Museum (1808), VI.93.
- A. H. Smith, A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Vol. III (London 1904), 358, 360, no. 2380.
- W. Altmann, Die römischen Grabaltäre der Kaiserzeit (Berlin 1905), 74, under no. 23.
- Friederike Sinn, Stadrömische Marmorurnen (Mainz am Rhein 1987), 118-9, no. 108.
- W. Stenhouse, Ancient Inscriptions (The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo, series A: Antiquities and Architecture, London 2002), 187, fig. 98.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number