Cinerarium (lid) carved to imitate a constructed tomb in miniature - ROM2011_11876_1

ROM2011_11876_1

Cinerarium (lid) carved to imitate a constructed tomb in miniature

Medium:Marble
Geography: Attributed to Rome, Italy
Date: about 100 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
Dimensions:
7.7 x 23.5 x 22.2 cm
Object number: 925.13.82.A
Credit Line: No
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome: funerary customs-enclosed case
Description

Cinerary Urns

Urns for holding the ashes of the dead might be carved in marble in imitation of an actual tomb in miniature, with an inscription naming the deceased person. Lead was also used to make urns because of its preservative qualities, and it was inexpensive. At times the cremated remains were stored in a glass cinerary urn, then placed in a lead container. Otherwise the ashes were simply buried in a ceramic jar.

Collection:
Roman World
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