The Columbarium., from South by East: Notes of Travel in Southern Europe (1877), added on 29th May 2012

The Columbarium.

It is a funeral procession: the mourners walk in line down the steps and into the columbarium where the ashes of the dead will be placed. The chamber is lit by torches carried by mourners and also by narrow shafts of sunlight from above. In the walls are niches for the ashes. The bereaved kneels ready to receive the ashes; on the righ, two musicians (possibly slaves, since they are barefoot and shirtless) play a dirge on double-stemmed horns.

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(Via Words and Pictures From Old Books)

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