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Terracotta cinerary urn

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
2nd century B.C.
Culture:
Etruscan
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
Height: 17 1/4 in. (43.8 cm) Other (Body): 8 3/4 x 13 1/4 x 7 1/8 in. (22.2 x 33.7 x 18.1 cm) Other (Lid): 8 1/2 x 14 1/4 x 8 in. (21.6 x 36.2 x 20.3 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1896
Accession Number:
96.9.221a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
The container depicts a fantastic head with bovine ears and wearing a Phrygian cap with wings. This soft, cloth cap was worn by the people of ancient Phrygia (modern central Turkey). Certain divinities, including Castor and Pollux, and heroes, including Paris, as well as Amazons, are often depicted wearing it. Other examples of this subject, made from the same mold, come from Chiusi, the likely site of manufacture for the entire group.. The dedicatory inscription in red paint is too poorly preserved to read.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. Handbook of the Etruscan Collection. p. 50, fig. 146, New York: Marchbanks Press.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no 6.94, p. 248, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Huntsman, Theresa. 2014. "Hellenistic Etruscan Cremation Urns from Chiusi." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 49: pp. 143–47, fig. 10.

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