- Museum number
Alabaster sepulchral urn with a modern base.
- Production date
- 100-130 (circa)
Diameter: 44.45 centimetres
Height: 41.91 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Cook 2011, nr. 64:
‘An alabaster vase with plain broad handles near two feet high and two feet diameter’ (TY 10/3, fo. 22). Smith gives the height as 1 foot 4 1/2 inches and the diameter as 1 foot 5 1/2 inches, the height excluding the base, which Smith recognised as restored. This is another example of the inaccuracy of the dimensions supplied by Townley.
Townley’s statement that it was found near Naples (GR 1, Vases, etc. 23) is probably an error, transferred from the next item, since it does not appear in other sources. This seems all the more likely since the vase was reported to have been in the collection of Cardinal Albani, where it was seen by Townley in 1767 (Bodleian Ms Add D 71 fo. 221-2).
Acquired from Jenkins in part exchange on 18 February 1772 (TY 8/74/1), valued at £50 (TY 10/2, fo. 24r; TY 10/3, fo. 22; TY 10/5-7; ST 1, fo. 15r).
* Townley drawing 2010,5006.321.
* Zoffany: B. F. Cook, `The Townley Marbles in Westminster and Bloomsbury', The British Museum Yearbook, 2 (1977), 36-37, figs. 19-20, no. 15.
Second century AD [Walker].
- Synopsis of the Contents of the British Museum (#).
- Ancient Marbles of the British Museum, V, pl. 10, fig. 4.
- A. H. Smith, A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Vol. III (London 1904), 370, no. 2417.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number