Section of urn or vase

Roman
Roman Imperial


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 315; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 114 (additional published references).

Dimensions

14 x 22.5 cm (5 1/2 x 8 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

76.742

Medium or Technique

Stone; Greek marble, from the mainland (?)

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

The fragment is broken around all its edges. The outer carving is weathered and worn, having also acquired a grayish discoloration.
The strong curves of the outer surface suggest the shape may have been that of an amphora with a lid. Therefore, the vase could have been a funerary urn, although these creations formed a popular feature of pleasure gardens, like that of Hadrian at Tivoli, in the countryside around Rome.
The surface is carved with a vine, leaves, grapes, or berries, and what appear to be acorns.

Provenance

1876, gift of Charles Callahan Perkins (b. 1823 - d. 1886), Boston, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 1, 1876)

Credit Line

Gift of Charles C. Perkins