Sarcophagus from Cerveteri
Date ca. 520 BCE
Medium Terra cotta
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.