Artist unknown / Cinerary Urn / 6th century B.C. - 5th century B.C.Artist unknown
Cinerary Urn
6th century B.C. - 5th century B.C.

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Etruscan
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Cinerary Urn
View: front
Creation Start Date: -59
Creation End Date: -40
Creation Date: 6th century B.C. - 5th century B.C.
Creation Place: Tarquinia
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: pottery
Materials and Techniques: polychromed terracotta
Dimensions: H.9-1/4 x W.13-1/2 x D.9-3/4 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 70.8a,b
Credit Line: The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund

Cremation was more common than burial among the Etruscan peoples who inhabited Central Italy before Roman domination. The shape of this cinerary urn resembles a primitive dwelling constructed of reeds and mud, with a thatched roof supported by cross beams. Since no intact Etruscan structures have survived, such "hut urns" furnish valuable evidence about early Etruscan architecture.

Ashes were place in the urn through its door, which was then sealed. The schematic figures of persons painted on the sides may indicate participants in a funerary procession, an important part of Etruscan funeral rites. The human figure outside the door is also a typical feature. The rams' heads projecting prominently from the roof symbolize strength and a belief in the renewal of life after death.

AMICA ID: MIA_.70.8a,b
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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