Grand Tour Marble Model
A rare early 19th-century Italian Grand Tour model of the tomb of Roman consul Lucius Cornelius Scipio Barbatus, the sarcophagus of rectangular form in carved solid Belgian black marble (Nero del Belgio), the lid with acanthus-scrolled ends, the front edge incised and yellow painted CORNELIVS. C. N. F. SCIPIO, the sarcophagus having graduated and dentil cornice above Doric entablature with triglyphs, rosette metopes, and guttae above yellow painted incised inscription reading: CORNELIVS.LVCIVS.SCIPIO·BARBATVS.GNAIVOD.PATRE PROGNATVS.FORTIS.VIR.SAPIENSQVE.QVOIVS·FORMA·VIRTVTEI·PARISVMA FVIT. CONSOL.CENSOR.AIDILIS.QVEI.FVIT.APVD.VOS.TAVRASIA·CISAVNA SAMNIO.CEPIT.SVBIGIT.OMNE.LOVCANA.OPSIDESQVE.ABDOVCIT
translated as “Cornelius Lucius Scipio Barbatus, sprung from Gnaeus his father, a man strong and wise, whose appearance was most in keeping with his virtue, who was consul, censor, and aedile among you – He captured Taurasia Cisauna in Samnium – he subdued all of Lucania and led off hostages” on a deep compound graduated plinth on a Giallo Antico marble base.
Most examples of this form house inkwells, this example quite rare as the interior is hollow, possibly for use as a match safe or quill nib receptacle.
Lucius Cornelius Scipio Barbatus (died c. 280 BC) was one of the two elected Roman consuls in 298 BC and led the Roman army to victory against the Etruscans near Volterra. A member of the noble Roman family of Scipiones, he was the father of Lucius Cornelius Scipio and Gnaeus Cornelius Scipio Asina and great-grandfather of Scipio Africanus and believed to be the founder of the Tomb of the Scipios in Rome.
The sarcophagus of Lucius Cornelius Scipio Barbatus is a solid tuff burial coffin of circa 150 BC, once located in the Tomb of the Scipios in Rome and now in the Vestibolo Quadrato of the Pio-Clementine Museum in the Vatican Museum complex. The Tomb of the Scipios was discovered in 1780.
Condition: Good. Scattered minor chips around extremities; lid with restored break; presents beautifully. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages.
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