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Terracotta funerary plaque

late 7th century B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
Overall: 17 9/16 x 19 3/8 in. (44.6 x 49.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1914
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 154
Prothesis (laying out of the dead)

During the Archaic period, burial shafts in Attica were often covered by solid, rectangular, house-like structures with plastered mud-brick walls and slightly sloping roofs. A series of terracotta plaques showing different stages of the funeral were probably set into the outer walls. In this very early example, the deceased is shown lying on a bier surrounded by mourners.
Said to be from Attica

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. "Department of Classical Art: Accessions of 1914. Terracottas, Bronzes, Glass and Gems." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 10 (10): pp. 208-9, fig. 1.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 56, fig. 32, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1942. "Terracotta Plaques from Early Attic Tombs." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 1(1): pp. 81-4, figs. 4-6.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 31, 186, pl. 26f, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1966. The Furniture of the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans. p. 59, fig. 330, London: Phaidon Press.

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