Human-headed cinerary urn

Human-headed cinerary urn

Date ca. 675-650 BCE

Movement Etruscan

Medium Terra cotta

Height 25.5″

Housed at Museuo Etrusco, Chiusi, Italy


Etruscan cinerary urns began to take the form, perhaps, of the deceased they contained, and were often decorated with hair and jewelry. Some were found upon carved thrones in tombs, which could have indicated the elevated status of the deceased.