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Cinerary Urn with Single Chamber

Like their neighbors the Etruscans, Romans utilized cinerary urns as a favored manner of burial. This finely carved marble container is rectangular in format, like late Etruscan examples, but it resembles a small Roman temple with a gabled roof. Herms (posts with heads) of a husband and wife are carved in relief on the shorter sides of the urn, while relief medallions with their portrait heads decorate both long sides.

Roman
Cinerary Urn with Single Chamber
Republican or Julio-Claudian (Early Imperial) period, 1st century AD
Marble
H. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm), L. 13 9/16 in. (34.5 cm), W. 11 1/16 in. (28.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Evan F. Lilly Memorial, Gift of Thomas T. Solley, 80.49