Media Information

 
 
 
Collection:
ADJUNCT MODULE D: WORLD ART
Preferred Title:
Etruscan Cinerary Urns with Reclining Figure and Battle Scene
Image View:
Urn (approx. 20 in height) with reclining figure of a man; detail one of the fighting figures
Creator:
unknown (Etruscan artist)
Location:
repository: Casa Buonarroti (Florence, Tuscany, Italy)
Location Note:
Via Ghibellina 70
GPS:
43.769903 11.263758
Date:
ca. 2nd century BCE (creation)
Cultural Context:
Etruscan
Style Period:
Greco-Etruscan; Hellenistic
Work Type 1:
cremation urn
Work Type 2:
relief (sculpture)
Work Type 3:
figurine
Classification:
Sculpture and Installations
Material:
painted terracotta
Technique:
casting (process); modeling (forming); painting and painting techniques
Subjects:
death or burial; funerary art; military or war; mythology (Classical); portrait; Vanth
Description:
Violent deaths were a common theme in Etruscan funerary art. The motif of two warriors dying simultaneously, each at the hands of the other, was a popular image for ash urns, appearing hundreds of times. The fighters may represent Eteocles and Polyneices, the ill-fated sons of Oedipus who killed each other in a battle for the kingship of Thebes, but it is uncertain whether Etruscan artists or viewers would have looked for a specific Greek myth in the image. The top part of the urn would then have a reclining figure representing the deceased man or woman. (Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art [website]; http://www.metmuseum .org)
Collection:
Archivision Adjunct Module D: World Art
Identifier:
7A3-E-CB-CURN-A03
Rights:
© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc.

Etruscan Cinerary Urns with Reclining Figure and Battle Scene