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Reproduction of a painted limestone sarcophagus

Emile Gilliéron père, 1909-1910

Period:
Late Minoan IIIA
Date:
ca. 1375–1300 B.C.
Culture:
Minoan
Medium:
painted plaster
Dimensions:
Other: 35 1/4 x 18 x 54 1/2 in. (89.5 x 45.7 x 138.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Dodge Fund, 1910
Accession Number:
10.38.1
  • Description

    Excavated 1903 in a tomb near the villa at Agia Triadha, Crete.

    The "Agia Triadha Sarcophagus" was the most expensive reproduction ever made by the Gillierons. Evans commissioned one painted by Gillieron, fils and complained at its expense to which Gillieron responded that it was very time consuming to do. Its complex scenes contain a wealth of information about the ritual worship of the dead on Crete at the end of the Late Bronze Age.

    The original is in the Archaeological Museum of Herakleion, Crete.

  • References

    Paribeni, R. 1908. "Il Sarcofago dipinti di Haghia Triada." Monumenti Antichi, 19: pp. 8-10, pl. I-III.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1910. Catalogue of the Collection of Casts. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 287, 387.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1910. "Cretan Reproductions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 5 (5): pp. 142, 145, fig. 4.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 25, fig. 14.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 30-31, fig. 20.

    Evans, Arthur J. 1928. The Palace of Minos: A Comparative Account of the Successive Stages of the Early Cretan Civilization as Illustrated by the Discoveries at Knossos, Vol. 2 Pt. 2. London: Macmillan & Co, pp. 650, 721-22, 835, figs. 414, 552a.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 30-31, fig. 20.

    Evans, Arthur J. 1930. The Palace of Minos: A Comparative Account of the Successive Stages of the Early Cretan Civilization as Illustrated by the Discoveries at Knossos, Vol. 3. London: Macmillan & Co, p. 39, fig. 24.

    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. 126.

    Evans, Arthur J. 1935. The Palace of Minos: A Comparative Account of the Successive Stages of the Early Cretan Civilization as Illustrated by the Discoveries at Knossos, Vol. 4 Pt. 1. London: Macmillan & Co, pp. 42-45, figs. 27-28.

    Immerwahr, Sara Anderson. 1990. Aegean Painting in the Bronze Age. University Park and London: Pennsylvania State University Press, A.T. no. 2, p. 180-181, pl. 50-3.

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