Section of urn or vase

Roman Imperial

Catalogue Raisonné

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


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stone; Greek marble, from the mainland (?)

Not On View


The Ancient World



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.


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