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Modern base composed of an ancient altar
Sculpture
End of the Flavian era (end of 1rst century BC - early years of the second century AD)
Marble of Carrara and marble of Luni

The front face of the funerary altar has two small, smooth pilasters with capitals decorated on the front by eagles in flight, and, at the sides, by crossed cornucopias.
A frieze stretches between the two capitals with, at its centre, a tuft of acanthus from which plant volutes extend. Set among the volutes are a lion, on the left, and a bull, on the right.
In the central panel, with its simple frame, a Latin inscription suggests that a bronze personification of Rome was originally set on the base.
The sides are adorned by an urceus (a single-handed jug) and patera umbelicata, the symbols of the sacrificial rite held in honour of the deceased.
The iconography and style of the Torlonia Altar suggest it should be dated to between the end of the Flavian era and the early years of the second century AD.

Provenance: From Parco of Villa Torlonia

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