Frieze with floral decoration and human heads
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Frieze with floral decoration and human heads

Cerveteri
4th cent. BC.
Polychrome terra-cotta
cat. 14129

The frieze is currently composed of four architectural slabs with floral decorations and human heads in relief. A frieze of whorls springing from acanthus flowers frames male (Dionysius?) and female heads (Arianna? Maenads? ). The slabs, which do not fit into one another, were applied to the structure of a temple building. A recent restoration demonstrated how the slabs are the fruit of a nineteenth century recomposition made with fragments belonging to an actually greater, but indeterminable, number of slabs.