- Museum number
Marble sepulchral urn with lid of Flavia Eunya; modern inscription.
- Production date
- 1stC-2ndC (early)
Height: 36.83 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Cook 2013, nr. 50:
‘Sepulchral vase. The handles consist of Bacchic masks, from which spring sprays of vine and laurel, covering the body of the vase’ (Smith).
Bought from Jenkins (or Pacilli) in 1768 for £6. Townley’s documentation is inconsistent. The urn is not mentioned in TY 10/1 among the objects acquired from Jenkins, but is described by Townley in TY 10/2 and TY 10/6 as ‘An oval vase ornamented with foliages and an inscription’, and in TY 10/3 (fo. 26) as ‘An oval cinerary vase about [blank] inches high ornamented with vine foliage, interspersed with sparrows and butterflies, and this inscription D . M . Flaviae . Euniae . Titius . Iustus . liugi . cariss . M . F .’ The inscription is a garbled modern version of CIL VI.18328. The decoration does not in fact include sparrows and butterflies: in adding this detail Townley must have had another urn in mind, perhaps Cook 2011, nr. 151 = 1805.7-3.174 (Sculpture 2408). TY 10/3 and TY 10/6 confirm Jenkins as the source of the vase, but TY 12/7/12 assigns it to Pacilli, giving the date erroneously as 1767. Listed with it in TY 10/2 as a purchase from Jenkins is ‘an oval fluted vase with an inscription’, which remains unidentified among purchases from Jenkins, unless it is a duplicate entry for Cook 2011, nr. 48 = 1805.7-3.168 (Sculpture 2404). The possibility remains that either or both of these adjacent entries in TY 10/2 were placed under Jenkins by a scribal error on Townley’s part, and represent instead one or both of the otherwise unidentified ‘due vasi cinerari’ reported in TY 10/1-2 as purchases from Pacilli, or the single cinerary vase reported in TY 10/5. The error once admitted in TY 10/2 was then inevitably transmitted to the later transcripts.
* Townley drawings 2010,5006.318 and 319.
* Chambers: B. F. Cook, `The Townley Marbles in Westminster and Bloomsbury', The British Museum Yearbook, 2 (1977), 48-49, figs. 30-31, no. 29.
- Synopsis of the Contents of the British Museum (1808) V.37.
- Ancient Marbles of the British Museum, V, pl. 10, figs. 2-3.
- A. H. Smith, A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Vol. III (London 1904), 366, no. 2403.
- Copied from CIL VI.18328.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number