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Terracotta funerary plaque

Period:
Archaic
Date:
late 7th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
Overall: 17 9/16 x 19 3/8 in. (44.6 x 49.2 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1914
Accession Number:
14.146.3a
  • Description

    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.

  • Provenance

    Said to be from Attica

  • References

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

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

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

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