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Head in wood
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Etruscan mirror
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Sarcophagus lid
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Slab of a Volterra urn
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Crater with columns
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Kylix
Head in wood
Etruscan mirror
Sarcophagus lid
Slab of a Volterra urn
Crater with columns
Kylix

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The object, belonging to the collection of Amilcare Ancona, an Italian collector and archaeologist (1839-1890), is among the first to be included in the Etruscan collections of the Archaeological Museum of Milan.It probably came from Tarquinia where, in the late Hellenistic period, a production of sarcophagi in both stone and clay is attested. The latter was cheaper but gave the object less artistic dignity, precisely due to the mold processing with a serial process that left less room for stylistic detail. The lid exhibited at the Archaeological Museum of Milan depicts a sad and astonished young woman dressed in a high girded peplum, with the veiled head of a cloak that goes down to her shoulders; the hair is rendered through deep grooves in the clay, while the eyes have the iris indicated by a button. The woman, lying on the left side of a banquet bed, is not portrayed in her physiognomic veracity, but is depicted as a participant in her own funeral banquet, an otherworldly banquet.

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