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Marble lid of a cinerary chest

Early Imperial
late 1st century A.D.
Overall: 6 5/8 x 19 1/2 x 16 1/4 in. (16.8 x 49.5 x 41.3 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Michael Finkelstein and Sue-ann Friedman Gift,1997
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
The lid is fashioned to look like the roof of a barrel-vaulted building with acroteria at the corners in the form of theatrical masks and palmettes. The front panel is inscribed in Latin: “To the spirits of the dead, [of] Sextus Flavius Pancarpus, who lived 67 years.” Despite the fact that the inscription mentions only a man, the lunettes at the sides show both male (globe and box of scrolls) and female (mirror and spindle) attributes, indicating that the chest also may have contained the remains of Pancarpus’ wife.
Inscription: Inscribed: "To the spirit of the departed Sextus Flavius Pancarpus, who lived 67 years" (DM/SEXFLAVI/PANCARPI/Q VIXANNLXVII.)
Galerie Nefer AG. 1990. Catalogue VIII. no. 19.

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 1998. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1997-1998." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 56(2): p. 9.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1998. "One Hundred Twenty-eighth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1997 through June 30, 1998." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 128: p. 16.

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