Cinerary Urn

A work made of marble.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of marble.

Date:

Late 1st/early 2nd century AD

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

This cinerary urn likely held the cremated remains of two individuals, presumably a husband and wife. The lid features portraits of the deceased flanked by symbols of the Roman goddess of love, Venus (the Greek Aphrodite), including dolphins and winged erotes, the goddess’s mythological companions. The front of the urn contains two rectangular panels, which were intended for personalized inscriptions but were instead left blank. Surrounding the panels are garland swags and an ox skull, both motifs associated with sacrificial rites, as well as rabbits, symbols of love and immortality.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Cinerary Urn

Origin

Roman Empire

Date

50 AD–150 AD

Medium

Marble

Dimensions

a (urn): 23.1 × 53.9 × 27.6 cm (9 1/8 × 21 ¼ × 10 7/8 in) b (lid): 12.7 × 53.3 × 28.5 cm (5 × 21 × 11 ¼ in)

Credit Line

Gift of Emily Crane Chadbourne

Reference Number

1926.621a-b

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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