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Female head in polychrome terracotta
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Three polychrome terracottas depicting acrobats
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Diadem
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Gladiator
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Portrait of Augustus capite veiled
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Doll and toy tower
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Nutcracker
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Spacecraft earring in gold
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Kylix Iaconica with tuna and dolphins
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Funeral bed (kline)
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Head of Heracles
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Funerary wreath with oak leaves
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Mosaic floor in polychrome tiles with central velarium
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Shell-shaped case with Nereid on a sea monster
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Venus of Parabita (Lecce)
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Venus of Parabita (Lecce)
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Metope decorated with naiskos with battle scene between Greeks and barbarians
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Bronze statue of Zeus on a Doric stone capital
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Lekythos overpainted with a woman looking out the window
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Green lizard
Female head in polychrome terracotta
Three polychrome terracottas depicting acrobats
Diadem
Gladiator
Portrait of Augustus capite veiled
Doll and toy tower
Nutcracker
Spacecraft earring in gold
Kylix Iaconica with tuna and dolphins
Funeral bed (kline)
Head of Heracles
Funerary wreath with oak leaves
Mosaic floor in polychrome tiles with central velarium
Shell-shaped case with Nereid on a sea monster
Venus of Parabita (Lecce)
Venus of Parabita (Lecce)
Metope decorated with naiskos with battle scene between Greeks and barbarians
Bronze statue of Zeus on a Doric stone capital
Lekythos overpainted with a woman looking out the window
Green lizard

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Description

The discovery of the Tomb of the Ori begins as a somewhat confused tale. In 1928 the first indications came to the superintendent of Puglia Quintino Quagliati thanks to a sketch of the plan and a prospectus. The place of discovery was the road to Cerignola, parallel to the route of the Appia Traiana. At that time, the archaeologist did not see the tomb, which had already been covered during the work of laying the sewer, but the description of the dromos, the three cells and the monumental façade hinted at its importance. In 1935 the publication of the materials caused a sensation and a sort of archaeological legend was born.

The name OPAKA SABALEIDA written with dotted characters on the hinge of the shell-shaped case and an adolescent tooth made the hypothesis - the legend - affirm the hypothesis - the legend - of the Canosian princess who died as a teenager and deposited with her wealth on a bed of asbestos. In addition to the figure of Opaka, history was accompanied by the figure of Busa who had welcomed the survivors of Canne.

In 1991, new urbanization works brought to light the tomb and it was possible to reconstruct the dynamics of the 1928 intervention. fragments of armor, a sword with a wooden sheath, a spear point, the strigil. The chronology between the end of the 4th and the 3rd century BC confirms the relevance of the hypogeum to the princely elite of the city.


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