Marble lid of a cinerary chest

Period: Early Imperial

Date: late 1st century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Marble

Dimensions: Overall: 6 5/8 x 19 1/2 x 16 1/4 in. (16.8 x 49.5 x 41.3 cm)

Classification: Stone Sculpture

Credit Line: Purchase, Michael Finkelstein and Sue-ann Friedman Gift,1997

Accession Number: 1997.271


The lid is fashioned like the roof of a miniature barrel-vaulted building. The acroteria at the corners in front have the form of theatrical masks; at the back they are palmettes. Although only a man is mentioned in the inscription, the lunettes at the side show attributes of both an intellectual man (globe and box of scrolls) and his wife (mirror and spindle).