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Object number


Object type



Funerary altar

Title Type

assigned by cataloguer


From the Palazzo Barberini
Was Fa 2 no.161
Bn 2 nos 32.1, 33.2,34.3 are catalogued together being drawings of different views of the same altar.

Other number

Fa 3 no. 161


Content (description)

32: front. At each bottom corner an eagle with outspread wings stands on a rocky ledge on the body of an animal. On the back of each eagle stands a draped winged victory, holding the end of a garland of leaves. Beneath the garland a panther attacks a cock. Over the garland is a scene showing the death of Archemorun. On right on rocks a child is held upside down in the coils of a serpent. It rears against a male in the centre, who moves away to left, his cloak billowing. Water spills from an urn between his feet. On left a draped female moves to left. At top centre is a panel with the inscription: DIS MANIBUS/ /////GNATI/ NICEPHORI. Beneath the base mouldings runs another inscription: IN FR P XVIII IN AGR P XVII.
33: right side. At the front corner are the eagle and the victory; at the back corner is a similar eagle beneath a horned and bearded satyr head. A garland of fruit, flowers and leaves is supported by the head and the victory. Beneath the garland, a panther rends a deer. Over it a swan perches with outspread wings on a rock. At top centre is a patera.
34: left side. As right side, but there is a bull on a rock beneath the garland, and a jug in place of the patera.

Content (object)


Content (note)

Funerary altar


height (actual size): 482mm
width (actual size): 374mm


Ciferri Palazzo Barberini No. 161 written in ink on the back of the drawing

Inscription description

No. 161 written in pencil on the front of the drawing lower right

Materials & techniques note

red chalk on paper





History and association

Previous ownership


• Altmann (no. 84 : Palazzo Barberini)
image 148014
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