- Museum number
Marble cinerary chest of Marcus Coelius Superstes, decorated with a laurel wreath, birds, Aphrodite and Cupid. Latin inscription.
- Production date
- 75-100 (probably)
Height: 0.60 metres
Width: 45.72 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Cook 2011, nr. 277:
‘A Sepulchral Cippus two feet one inch high. in the center of the front is a tablet with an inscription, over which are introduced a festoon of fruits, two pidgeons, and two Rams heads; beneath it is a figure of Venus or Leda in a crouching attitude, and caressing a swan; a Cupid or Geni behind her pours water on her back out of a vase; and before her is another Cupid holding a large scallop shell, near a fountain of water flowing from the mouth of a lion into a vase , supported upon a baluster. At the edges are two columns with spiral flutes, and capitals formed of two doves placed in the cup of the Lotus with the symbolical rose in the center. The inscription is as follows.
M • COELIO
SVPERST I T I
C • COELIVS
SECVNDVS •> • F• ’
(TY 12/3, on a leaf tipped in between 27 and 28 of the hall and headed ‘No 27’, evidently referring to the second item in Jenkins’s list. A heavily edited copy in Townley’s hand is tipped into the version in Towneley Hall as 7* of the dining room, becoming 8 in John Towneley’s copy).
Formerly in the Convent of S. Trinità (Gruter, quoted by Townley in TY 12/3 and the 1804 Parlour Catalogue) and the Carpi Gardens (Boissard, see CIL).
Acquired by Jenkins from the Villa Negroni. Bought from Jenkins and shipped during 1788. On 27 September 1786, Jenkins informed Townley that his available stock included ‘some most interesting pedestals’ (TY 7/445), and on 10 November 1787, he remarked that he had some available at £10 to £12 or £15 (TY 7/460). Townley seems to have made a selection, for on 20 February 1788, Jenkins sent a list of four that together with the relief of the Muses (1805,0703.120) were already packed (TY 7/467). At this period, Jenkins had a catalogue of available items, and these four were not described in detail, but were listed by their numbers in the catalogue and distinguished by their heights: no. 26, 2 feet 9 inches; no. 27, 2 feet 1 ½ inches; no. 41, 3 feet 4 inches; and no. 47, 2 feet 4½ inches. After the original four had been shipped to Leghorn, Townley expressed a wish for another item (1805,0703.167), and Jenkins took advantage of a delay in shipping to have one of the cases opened in order to effect a substitution. The ‘pedestals’, like the relief of the Muses, arrived in London too late to be included in the ‘L’ Catalogue (TY 12/3) as initially compiled, but the first three (1805,0703.180, 1805,0703.182 and one now at Brocklesby Park) appear on three leaves tipped into that catalogue between numbers 27 and 28 of the hall. In a bill from Jenkins enclosed in his letter of 13 December 1788 (TY 7/477), ‘four Pedestals and a Bass relief’ purchased in January are collectively charged at £50. The bill was settled on 27 March 1789 (Wigan Accounts).
Late Flavian (Boschung).
* Townley drawings 2010,5006.1865, attributed to Dolcibene (I. D. Jenkins), and 2010,5006.1866.
- Synopsis of the Contents of the British Museum (1808), VI.89;
- Ancient Marbles of the British Museum, X, pl. 55, fig. 2;
- A. H. Smith, A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Vol. III (London 1904), 348-9, no. 2360;
- W. Altmann, Die römischen Grabaltäre der Kaiserzeit (Berlin, 1905), 161-2, no. 203, fig.131;
- C. Scheffer, Roman Cinerary Urns in Stockholm Collections. Medelhavsmuseet Memoir 6 (Stockholm, 1987), 59, note 120, 77;
- D. Boschung, Antike Grabaltäre aus den Nekropolen Roms. Acta Bernensia X (Bern, 1987), 29, 106, no. 819 (bibl.);
- P. P. Bober and R. Rubinstein, Renaissance Artists and Antique Sculpture (London, 1986), 63-4, no. 19, fig. 19;
- CIL VI, 33018.
Published in Jenkins' and Visconti's Catalogo di Monumenti Scritti del Museo del Signor Tommaso Jenkins, Rome 1787 (which was dedicated to Charles Townley), nr. 27.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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