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Travertine cinerary urn

2nd century B.C.
Overall: 22 9/16 x 5 1/8in. (57.3 x 13cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1896
Accession Number:
96.9.224a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
The reclining woman on the lid holds a fan in her right hand and a pomegranate in her elongated left hand. The frieze below depicts the murder of a woman, perhaps Ismene, youngest child of Oedipus and sister of Antigone, or perhaps the Matricide of Alkmene, mother of Herakles. At least twenty other urns, most from Volterra, have been attributed to the same workshop, the so-called Officina di Poggio alle Croci. Vestiges of the original polychromy are visible on the hair of some figures and on the footstool at bottom center.
Brunn, Enrico and Gustav Körte. 1896. I Rilievi delle urne etrusche, Vol. 2. pp. 239-40, pl. 108.2, Rome: Coi tipi del Salviucci.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. Handbook of the Etruscan Collection. p. 49, fig. 141, New York: Marchbanks Press.

Martelli, Marina Cristofani. 1974–1975. "Contributo alla classificazione delle urne volterrane: L'officina di Poggio alle Croci." Dialoghi di Archeologia, 8: no. 15, p. 220.

Nielsen, Marjatta. 1975. The Lid Sculptures of Volaterran Cinerary Urns, Acta Instituti Romani Finlandiae, Vol. 5. p. 292, Rome: Bardi.

Small, Jocelyn Penny. 1981. Studies Related to the Theban Cycle on Late Etruscan Urns. no. 20, pp. 28, 98-99, pl. 11b, Rome: Giorgio Bretschneider Editore.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1981. Vol. 1: Aara-Aphlad. "Alkmaion," p. 550, no. 17, pl. 412, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 6.95, pp. 7, 249, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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