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Terracotta canopic urn

Period:
Archaic
Date:
6th century B.C.
Culture:
Etruscan, Chiusi or environs
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. with cover 21 3/4 in. (55.2 cm); H. without cover 13 5/16 in. (33.8 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1896
Accession Number:
96.9.50a, b
  • Description

    Long after inhumation became widespread, the people of Chiusi and surrounding hamlets continued to cremate their dead. They deposited the ashes in anthropomorphizing urns, often equipped with articulated arms, jewelry, wigs, and even clothing. The lids of these urns represent a stylized portrait of the deceased. Earlier examples, especially those for warriors, were often topped with a bronze or clay helmet.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. Handbook of the Etruscan Collection. New York: Marchbanks Press, p. 13, fig. 44.

    Gempeler, Robert D. 1973–1974. Die Etruskischen Kanopen: Herstellung, Typologie, Entwicklungsgeschichte. Einsiedeln: Benziger, no. 160, p. 152.

    McCann, Anna Marguerite. 1978. Roman Sarcophagi in the Metropoltian Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 18, fig. 5.

    de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 4.99a, pp. 98, 118, 119.

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