Marble cinerary urn with lid


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162

Marble imitations of wicker baskets that served as cinerary urns were popular in Rome in the Early Imperial period. They were often associated with female burials, and it is attractive to see this example as representing the weaving basket that the deceased may have used in life. Weaving was regarded as one of the activities that a virtuous Roman matron should pursue.

Marble cinerary urn with lid, Marble, Roman

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