Charun and Vanth

Charun and Vanth

Date 3rd century BCE

Movement Etruscan

Location Tomb of the Anina Family, Tarquinia


Bright, cheery colors and subject matter in Etruscan tombs give way to more somber tones and themes, as seen here. Depicted are two demons who lead the way for the deceased to the underworld beyond the door they flank. Scholars believe this shift may have coincided with the time of Roman conquest–certainly a dreary time for the native Etruscans.