Sarcophagus lid of Larth Tetnies and Thanchvil Tarnai

Sarcophagus lid of Larth Tetnies and Thanchvil Tarnai

Date ca. 350-300 BCE

Movement Etruscan

Medium Marble

Length 7′

Housed at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

 

Though cinerary urns were commonplace for most Etruscans, some exceptionally wealthy members of society were buried in sarcophagi. A beautifully crafted lid depicts a man and woman embracing tenderly, placed under a sheet so as to mimic a bed. Though iconography on the container’s sides reflect Greek influence, the representation of the deceased at its top makes it clearly Etruscan.