Alabaster cinerary urn, Alabaster, Etruscan

Alabaster cinerary urn

3rd century B.C.
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)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1896
Accession Number:
96.9.225a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
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.
Brunn, Enrico and Gustav Körte. 1896. I Rilievi delle urne etrusche, Vol. 2. pp. 177-78, pl. 74.2, Rome: Coi tipi del Salviucci.

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

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

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1981. Vol. 1: Aara-Aphlad. "Amazones Etruscae," p. 660, no. 39, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

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

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