- Museum number
Marble fluted sepulchral urn of P. Octanus Secundus; lid and foot are restored.
- Production date
Height: 33.02 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Cook 2013, nr. 48:
‘An oval cinerary vase, purchased at Rome; the sides are fluted, and in a tessera is the following inscription.
D • M •
FIL• FECIT•’ (TY 12/3, hall 12).
Bought from Jenkins in 1768. No price in Scudi is given in TY 10/1, but the sterling equivalent is variously given as £5 (TY 10/2; TY 10/3, fo. 26; TY 10/6; ST 1, fo. 12v) and £8 (TY 10/7). The urn is not included in TY 10/5. The date of acquisition is given in error as 1774 in the 1804 Catalogue (GR 2), and thence also by Smith.
The urn is not mentioned in the earlier room-by-room catalogues, but by 1788 it was in the hall (TY 12/3). The sequences in the various parlour catalogues, which are confirmed by the Chambers watercolour, show that it was in the upper niche on the left side of the chimneypiece, remaining there until it was removed by Combe on 18 August 1806 (TY 18/6).
* Townley drawing 2010,5006.317.
* Chambers: B. F. Cook, `The Townley Marbles in Westminster and Bloomsbury', The British Museum Yearbook, 2 (1977), 48-49, figs. 30-31, no. 27.
- Synopsis of the Contents of the British Museum (1808) V.30.
- Ancient Marbles of the British Museum, V, pl. 8, fig. 1.
- A. H. Smith, A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Vol. III (London 1904), 366, no. 2404.
- CIL VI.23233 (dub. Huebner).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number