Sarcophagus lid
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Sarcophagus lid

Tuscany
early 2nd cent. BC
terra-cotta
height cm 78; length cm 199; width cm 47.5
cat. 15426

Besides the production of stone sarcophaguses, the interior of southern Etruria sees contemporaneously, between the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC, a characteristic production of terra-cotta sarcophaguses which leads to the establishment of some workshops in Tuscany, from where the funerary monument with Adonis dying also came. On this lid, made in two separate parts, hollow on the inside and reinforced with fictile diaphragms, a woman is portrayed lying on her side. She is wearing a short-sleeved shirt, a tunic with a belt and a mantle drawn up over her head. The figure is decorated with a number of jewels: a diadem with settings, drop earrings, a flat ribbon necklace, rings, bracelets and armilla. The lid, shaped like a kline (bed used in banquets), alludes to the theme of the banquet. The terra-cotta casket of the sarcophagus is missing.