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Cinerary Urn with Lid

2nd century BCE
21 7/16 x 18 1/2 x 10 13/16 in. (54.5 x 47 x 27.5 cm)

Unknown, Etruscan
Etruscan

Object Type: Ceramics
Medium and Support: Terracotta with polychrome
Credit Line: Gift of Joseph Schiff
Accession Number: 1944.49a-b
Location: Currently on view
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A portrait of the deceased reclining adorns the lid of this cinerary urn, a uniquely Etruscan motif. The body of the urn features a popular scene depicting the sons of Oedipus fighting over the throne of Thebes. The two winged figures at the sides represent the double presence of Vanth, the Etruscan female demon, who carries a torch to light the way to the underworld.

[Gallery label text, 2009]

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