Cinerary chest with lid, Imperial, Flavian or Trajanic, ca. 90–110 a.d.
Marble; H. with cover 21 3/8 in. (54.3 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1927 (27.122.2a,b)
The inscription on the front of the urn translates "to the manes (spirits of the dead) M. Domitius Primegenius make [this] for himself, his freedmen, and freedwomen and their children." The deceased, M. Domitius Primigenius, reclines on a couch. A three-legged table set with dishes is before him. Three slaves offer food and drink. Birds are perched in the laurel trees on each side of the urn. In the pediment of the cover is a bird's nest with four young being fed by their parents. Eagles sit at either end of the cover. The banquet scene, like the tree bearing fruit and the family of birds, alludes to the deceased's hopes for a peaceful afterlife.