Silverware
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Silverware

Cerveteri, Regolini Galassi tomb
mid 7th cent. BC
silver
cat. 20438, 20439,20461, 20464

The silverware from the tomb shows characteristics of variety and completeness that lead us to suppose a precise logic in its selection dictated by a clear funerary ritual. Not the important co-existence of raw materials, of forms and of decorative forms, both imported and of local production. The silver jug (1), with the gilded attachment of the handle, is of Cypriot type, often imitated locally in bucchero. The paterae in gilded silver with themes of an Egyptian flavour (not visible in the photo), are of Phoenician-Cypriot production, while a local form, represented by the small amphora with engraved spirals (2), traditionally produced both in ceramic blend and in bucchero, is here richly worked in silver. The conical goblet (skyphos) is also present both in its original early Corinthian guise, and made of local bucchero and silver (3). Many of the silver vases carry the Etruscan Larthian inscription: o mi larthia, "I am from Larth", according to the archaic tradition of the "talking" object.