Marble, 1st Century AD
Acc #: 112.71, James Logie Memorial Collection
This inscription is outlined as a tabula ansata. It is possible to see peg-holes on either side, which would have been used to attach the inscription to the tomb. The inscription translates as: “[The tomb of] Gaius Octavius Tryphon, freedman of Marcella. Aelia Musa set it up for her deserving husband”. The inscription reads:
C OCTAVI MARCELLAE L
AELIA MVSA FECIT
VIRO SVO MERENTI
The inscription is said to have been found in a columbarium near Porta Latina, Rome in 1732. It was then acquired by Francesco Ficoroni in 18th century, and passed through various collections until the descendants of the Earl of Lonsdale sold it in 1947.