A Roman marble lidded cinerary urn

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A Roman marble lidded cinerary urn

Sold for £ 60,000 (US$ 82,998) inc. premium
A Roman marble lidded cinerary urn
Circa 1st century A.D.
Square in form with leafy gabled lid and lotus flower acroteria, the front rectangular panel inscribed with 'MEMNO' framed by four birds carrying a bountiful garland of fruit, the frontal pediment depicting two birds feeding, the sides carved with a symmetrical design of flowers and leaves, 13in (33cm) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Fearon Collection, Ockenden House, Cuckfield, Sussex, acquired during the mid-1800s when Mr J. Fearon took occupation of the house, thence by descent.
    Burrell Collection, Ockenden House, Cuckfield, Sussex, acquired during the early 1700s, thence by descent.

    The urn was purportedly found on 05 April 1703 at Highbridge Hill in Cuckfield, Sussex, surrounded by Samian ware pottery, which is noted in Timothy Burrell's journal, see Sussex Archaeological Collections, vol. 3, p. 174. For information on the Fearon family's occupation of Ockenden House, see Sussex Archaeological Collections, vol. 3, p. 120. This lot is accompanied by a copy of Burrell's journal entry along with notes made during the latter half of the 20th Century by J.R. Fearon.

    This urn was found and maintained with cremated remains inside. These remains are due to be excavated, thoroughly recorded and deposited with Barbican House Museum of Sussex Archaeology in Lewes (part of the Sussex Archaeological Society). For further information please contact the Antiquities Department.

    Literature:
    For similarly decorated urns dated to the Claudian period, cf. F. Sinn, Stadtrömische Marmorurnen, Mainz, 1987, pp. 26-27 and 105, plate 19, nos. 54 and 55.

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