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Marble cinerary chest with lid

Period:
Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
Date:
ca. A.D. 20–30
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 14 5/16 in. (36.4 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1896
Accession Number:
96.9.222a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
The Latin inscription on the front of this chest indicates that it was made to hold the ashes of Lucius Gavius Clemens. Several prominent men from Late Republican times to the second century A.D. bore the name Gavius, which belongs to an old Roman gens (clan).
Inscription: Inscribed in Latin the name L. Gavius Clemens
Bodel, John P. and Stephen Tracy. 1997. Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA: A Checklist. p. 196, Rome: The American Academy in Rome.

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