From May 25 to October1, 2019, Galleria Estense in Modena hosts an exhibition that documents the Etruscan presence in the Modena area.
The exhibition focuses on the small Etruscan burial ground found in 1841 in the Galassina fields of Castelvetro (MO), datable, according to the materials known so far, between the end of the 6th and the 5th century BC
Here, the owners of a fund, on the occasion of agricultural work, found the remains of four Etruscan cremation tombs, whose rich equipment, among the most valuable of the Etruscan age in the Modena area, was purchased by Francesco IV Habsburg-Este, duke of Modena, to enrich its collection of antiquities and the Estense Museum.
The exhibition itinerary presents the most important pieces of the funeral kit, referable to a dead woman, of the Tomb I of the Galassina, or of the richest, and also most famous, burial exhibited at the Civic Archaeological Museum of Modena until the end of May 2018, and now returned in the Este collection, together with archaeological works from the same sepulchral context, unpublished to date.
Of the whole kit of the Tomb I, the most known and studied objects are the mirror and the cist with cords (cylindrical container), in addition to the basin.
The rest of the objects were commonly thought to have been dispersed, until a careful inventory check and an examination of the deposits of the Galleria Estense in Modena made it possible to recognize other findings from Tomb I, such as the strigile handle (an instrument for cleaning), with good certainty. the body after the bath), one of the three vague of necklace (element, empty inside, formed by two welded hemispheres) in the form of a head in glass paste and two fragments pertaining to the balsamario in vitreous paste.
This response has allowed us to reconstruct the unity of the kit acquired by Francesco IV, and has provided the possibility of finally completing his study. A series of didactic panels will allow the visitor to deepen the context of discovery of the Galassina mirror, in the different cultural, artistic and collecting aspects related to it.