A Roman marble dedicatory throne
1st-2nd Century A.D.
Carved from a single block, the sloping back of the seat decorated with folded fluted surface representing either drapery or the tresses of a herm, the head now missing, with a flat seat, the frontal panel flanked by lions legs and paws, inscribed in Latin with nine lines of memorial dedication: 'DI(S). MANI(B)US Q.TVRRANIO.MAXIMO PRAECEPTORI.ET AMICO.BONORVM SAGARIS.ALCIMI.AVG.SER VERNAE.ARCARI.PROVINC ACHAIAE.VICAR MERENTI.MEMORIA': 'To the Shades of the Dead and to Quintus Turranius Maximus, teacher and friend of good counsel; from Sagaris, deputy of Alcimus, imperial house-born slave and Treasurer of the province of Achaea, in memory of a deserving man.', the sides of the chair formed by winged lions, the feathered wings represented in shallow relief, the heads now missing, the back of the chair of curving form,
34½in (87cm) high, 22in (56cm) wide and 36in (92cm) depth surface wear