- Museum number
Granite rectangular basin.
- Production date
- 2ndC (probably)
Height: 0.91 metres
Length: 1.14 metres
- Curator's comments
- Cook 2011, nr. 193:
‘An ancient oblong square bason of a rich, and rare Egyptian granit of a reddish gray colour three feet eight inches long, and two feet nine inches high – used in temples to hold ye aqua lustralis, and called by ye Greeks ye perriranterion, formerly in ye col. of the queen of Sweden with ye Labrum before mentioned; gave in exchange for it a group of Acteon seized by two dogs, wh cost £165.0.0’ (TY 10/3, fo. 26).
Acquired by Jenkins together with the labrum 1805,0703.233 and previously in the same collections. First offered to Townley with 1805,0703.233, priced at £300 for the pair (letter dated 5 June 1776, TY 7/356). In a letter of 7 July, Jenkins enclosed a sketch, informing Townley that Lyde Browne had seen the piece, and that Cardelli was making supports for it in dark veined marble (TY 7/358). On 4 September, Jenkins announced that the basin had been offered to Browne at three or four hundred Sequins (about £150-200), but that he was himself willing to accept what Townley had offered in exchange (TY 7/360). This was the second group of Actaeon attacked by his hounds (present location unknown, nr. 131 in Cook 2011). The basin appears on an undated list of objects from Jenkins (TY 8/74/29), which seems to belong in 1777, since it includes 1805,0703.39, 1805,0703.102, 1805,0703.107, an 'erme of Euripides', a head described as young Hercules, both present locations unknown (nrs. 197 and 198 in Cook 2011), a bust of Marcus Aurelius (present location unknown, nr. 200 in Cook 2011) and 1805,0703.104, and the exchange is mentioned in connection with expenses incurred on the return of the Actaeon in the ‘Union Catalogue’ (fo. 62r).
* Townley drawing 2010,5006.333.
- Synopsis of the Contents of the British Museum (1808), X.7;
- A Guide to the Graeco-Roman Sculptures in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, 2 vols. (London, 1874  and 1876), II, no. 74;
- A. H. Smith, A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Vol. III (London 1904), 412, no. 2543.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number