Cylindrical tombstone with portraits.

Botticino stone. Mid-1st century BCE.
Inv. No. MR 3085.

Brescia, Santa Giulia Civic Museum

Garden of the Benedictines, near the church San Faustino Maggiore.
The deceased couple is portrayed inside a shrine (pseudoaedicula) with triangular tympanum. Marcs left by brackets on the sides of the columnes indicate that there would have been two doors, probably wooden, which could be closed to protect the portraits. This detail is a reminiscent of a Roman tradition of keeping on a cupboard in a house of sculptured portraits of ancestors, which wereshown to guests or put on display on certain religious occasions. This type of tombstone was often crowned by an ornamental pine-cone.
2011. Photo: Ilya Shurygin.
Info: museum information materials.
Keywords: Botticino stone Cylindrical relief tombstone with portraits male female portrait married couple ornament pseudoaedicula tympanum Inv No MR 3085
History of Ancient Rome