Sarcophagus from Cerveteri

Sarcophagus from Cerveteri

Date ca. 520 BCE

Movement Etruscan

Medium Terra cotta

Length 6.2′

Housed at Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia, Rome


Stiff, rigid poses and a pair of unnatural smiles help to date this work to the Archaic period. It is possible that the two depicted here were holding alabastrons or eggs, a symbol of eternity. This work had at one point been colored by bright paint, all but faded now.