Here we have a rare classical Roman engraving of a funeral procession that ends even worse than you think (see story panels below). There's a tag on the back dating the print to 1730. Based on my research, the original design of this rare print may go back to the early centuries. I still don't know the original artist.
The rare Classical print came from an estate in the Twin Cities area.
So let's get down to brass tax. Making your way along the processional, from left to right, you have the following events:
1. A couple guys with chariots trying to keep their horses in line.
2. A guy looks back towards the horses while two of the leanest and meanest dogs contort and tear into the earth.
3. A naked guy.
4. A crew carries the dead body towards the funeral pyre.
5. A group of women wait for the arrival of the body. It's not going well.
6. The body is laid on the funeral pyre with the dry wood waiting underneath.
7. The widow stabs herself in the side, and everybody freaks out.
All in a span of 32 inches. It's a powerful morbid scene, right in your face. You have to hand it to the Romans. They don't beat around the bush. It reminds me of an image you'd see on a Joy Division record.
The professionally framed piece measures 40" wide and 12 1/2" tall. The exposed image measures 32" wide x 4 1/2" tall. The antique engraving is pieced together in a few sections, as the original likely had separate levels to the story (see pics). There is light foxing and creases in a few spots. The fasteners for the reverse matting occasionally loosen. The piece hasn't been viewed outside of the framing. Please see all pics as they are part of the description.
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This old European engraving is perfect for that classical, yet slightly morbid decor. It has a great power. You'll have many opportunities to explain the piece. Your guests won't stop asking about it. I speak from experience.