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Terracotta cinerary urn

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
2nd century B.C.
Culture:
Etruscan
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
Overall (with lid): 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 x 8 in. (35 x 34.9 x 20.3 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1896
Accession Number:
96.9.220a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
The frieze depicts a hero fighting with a plow, a subject found quite frequently on Etruscan cinerary urns (see 96.9.219a, b nearby) but whose specific meaning remains uncertain. The inscription reads: ARNTILE . AFUNAS . LAUTNI (Arntile, freedman of the Afuna family).
Inscription: Inscribed: ARNTILE . AFUNAS . LAUTNI
("Arntile, freedman of the Afuna family")
Danielsson, Olof August and Carl Pauli. 1893. Corpus Inscriptionum Etruscarum, Vol. 1. no. 4900, p. 641, Leipzig.

Rix, Helmut. 1991. Etruskische Texte: Editio minor. no. 1.1332, p. 212, Tübingen: Gunter Naar.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 6.90b, pp. 7, 243, 245, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Huntsman, Theresa. 2014. "Hellenistic Etruscan Cremation Urns from Chiusi." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 49: pp. 143-8, fig. 9.

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