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A small marble altar. On the left side a vase is carved in low relief. The inscription, in Latin, is a dedication to Bona Dea by Gaius Tullius Hesper and Tullia Restituta.
- Production date
- 1stC - 3rdC
Height: 50 centimetres
Thickness: 21 centimetres
Width: 36 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Cook 2013, nr. 331:
‘An upright square Cippus with its cornice and plinth, dedicated to the Bona Dea of Annia, which was situated upon the river of that name, not far from Tivoli, the ancient Tiburtinum, and in the Vicinity of which this monument was found. Within a tablet, surrounded with good mouldings, is the following dedicatory inscription.
C• TVLLIVS• HESPER•
ET• IVLIA• RESTITUTA•
(1804 Parlour Catalogue, dining room 51).
Bought from Jenkins for £2 (TY 10/7), £4 (TY 10/5), or £5 (TY 12/1). I have been unable to find a record of the date of the transaction, but since the altar is mentioned in TY 10/7, it must have been in London by about 1779.
* Townley drawing 2010,5006.266 to 268.
- Synopsis of the Contents of the British Museum (1808), VI.98;
- Ancient Marbles of the British Museum, X, pl. 53, 1; CIL VI, 69 (= 30689).
- For the subject, see Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, III, 120-2.
H. H .J. Brouwer (1989) Bona Dea. The sources and a description of the cult (Brill), 32.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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