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Terracotta cinerary urn

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
2nd century B.C.
Culture:
Etruscan
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
Height: 28 1/4 in. (71.8 cm) Other (Body): 29 x 20 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. (73.7 x 52.1 x 29.8 cm) Other (Lid): 12 1/2 x 11 1/4 x 11 5/8 in. (31.8 x 28.6 x 29.5 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1896
Accession Number:
96.9.223a, b
  • Description

    The inscription, THANA : VIPINEI : RANAZUNIA : CREICESA, attests that this is the ash urn of Thana Vipinei Ranazunia, wife of Creice. The last word, CREICESA, is written vertically on the lower left frame of the main panel. The standardized battle scene on the container demonstrates that the subject on that part of the urn often has no apparent connection with the gender of the deceased.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscribed: THANA : VIPINEI : RANAZUNIA : CREICESA
    ("Thana Vipinei Ranagunia, wife of Creice")

  • References

    McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th edn. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 134, fig. 161.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. Handbook of the Etruscan Collection. New York: Marchbanks Press, p. 49, fig. 144.

    McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1941. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th edn. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 134, fig. 161.

    de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 6.93, pp. 7, 163, 247-8.

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