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Roman urns confiscated from a Belluno family: they were used as vase holders

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They belonged to an ancient church in Lucca, the recovery operation was completed by the Guardia di Finanza

BELLUNO. Roman funeral urns and an Etruscan one were used as vase holders and umbrella stands, but the owner was ready to sell them on the market if there was a good offer. They were in the house of a Belluno family that ended up under criminal proceedings and whose archaeological finds were confiscated.

An inestimable value is that recovered by the Guardia di Finanza of the Venice Protection Unit, whose regional command yesterday returned the ancient Roman urn to the director of the Superintendence of Fine Arts and Landscape Archeology of Lucca, Angela Acordon. An urn for which the investigations of the Fiamme Gialle have made it possible to ascertain its belonging to an ancient church in Lucca that has not existed for over a century.

The material recovered, the investigation dates back to a year ago, was recovered by the financiers in the performance of an institute service in the sector of the protection of the market for goods and services. The yellow flames prevented an attempt to sell the three urns, by some private individuals through intermediaries in the sector, archaeological material of absolute value and bound: two cinerary urns are in fact of Roman origin in marble, the Etruscan one is in alabaster.

The investigation ended with a criminal case against the Belluno family who held them, which probably did not fully realize their value and collaborated with the investigators. Of the archaeological artefacts, the Court of Belluno ordered the confiscation at the end of the criminal proceedings.

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It was therefore decided to return the urn to the Superintendency of Lucca, and the other two to the Regional Directorate of the Museums of the Veneto. There is an agreement between the latter and Finance which has allowed them to be granted Palazzo Corner Mocenigo, seat of the Veneto Regional Command of the Corps, as part of the museum set-up. The other two urns are still on display at the Gdf regional command.

Unfortunately, the investigation did not allow to identify their origin, which remains unknown, as well as their recent history: how they arrived through the centuries up to here, for example. What brought them to the availability of the Belluno family.

It was discovered thanks to an engraving that the artifact returned to Tuscany dates back to the second century. AD: bears a Latin engraving of a dedication by two freedmen to the one who was their master. Precisely this dedication, present in the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum, a work in several volumes that collects ancient Latin engravings and their location, has allowed us to understand that the urn came from the ancient Tuscan church that has not existed for over a century.

The urn, after adequate restoration, will be exhibited at the National Museum of Villa Guinigi in the Tuscan city. Cri.Co.

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