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Object number


Object type



Funerary urn

Title Type

assigned by cataloguer


Sampson Catalogue states that Fa 3 (was Fa 2) describes: 'Un viale ornato di piccole urnette antiche con iscrizzioni curiose al numero di settanta, tra le quali molte urne sono ornate di buonissimo gusto. Ci sono quindeci di questi gia disegnati, che sono tutti che meritano'

Other number

Fa 3 Villa no.63


Content (description)

On the lid of the urn are two pediments with a rosette at their junction and masks on acroteria at the corners. In each pediment two birds flank the bust of a child. On the body of the urn a large panel at top centre bears the inscription D M / C MINICIUS/ GELASINUS/ SIBI POSUIT. Beneath the panel two putti wrestle; a large leaf (palm?) lies between them. On right a putto stands watching, in front of a table on which stands a tall vase containing a leaf. A garland hangs over the vase. On far right stands a herm. On left a putto approaches carrying two leaves. A jug falls to the ground in front of him. Above him stands a very large jug, behind which are three leaves.

Content (object)


Content (note)

Funerary Urn


height (actual size): 487mm
width (actual size): 378mm


Ciferri Villa Mattei No.63
written in ink on the back of the drawing

Inscription description

D written in pencil on the front of the drawing lower right
Villa Mattei N. 63 written in pencil beneath the drawing lower left

Materials & techniques note

red chalk on paper





History and association

Previous ownership

image 147500
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