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Alabaster cinerary urn

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Etruscan
Medium:
Alabaster
Dimensions:
H. with cover 33 1/2 in. (85.1 cm); H. without cover 17 1/4 in. (43.8 cm); length 25 in. (63.5 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1896
Accession Number:
96.9.225a, b
  • Description

    The reclining woman represented on the lid wears a heavy torque necklace and holds a fan in her right hand. The frieze depicts two pairs of Greeks fighting Amazons, while the Etruscan death demon Vanth stands at the right. The Amazonomachy is well known from Greek art, especially from the fourth century on, and also appears on other Etruscan works in this gallery. The inclusion of the Vanth is a characteristic Etruscan addition to the representation. Vestiges of paint survive in the eyes, shields, and belts.

  • References

    Brunn, Enrico and Gustav Körte. 1896. I Rilievi delle urne etrusche, Vol. 2. Rome: Coi tipi del Salviucci, pp. 177-78, pl. 74.2.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. Handbook of the Etruscan Collection. New York: Marchbanks Press, p. 49, fig. 142.

    McCann, Anna Marguerite. 1978. Roman Sarcophagi in the Metropoltian Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 18, fig. 6.

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981. Aara-Aphlad, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 1. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen, Amazones Etruscae, no. 39.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 369, pp. 311, 476-77.

    de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 6.92, pp. 7, 245-6.

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