Funerary cippus (marker)

Cippo funerario
Funerary monument and ornaments
Early 5th century B.C.
Material and technique: 
Fetid limestone
From Chiusi, Tuscany, formerly in the Scalambrini Collection
Inv. MB 201

This cippus (marker), from Chiusi, has three parts, one above the other: a base, a hollow central part that contained the deceased’s ashes, and an upper dado topped by an element in the shape of a pinecone. The central and upper parts are decorated with scenes of mourning in very low relief. Pale traces of the original colors can still be seen. The elements of the cippus can be dated to the early 5th century B.C.

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The hall

This room displays examples of Etruscan and Phoenician art that enrich the overall picture conceived by Giovanni Barracco for the formation of his collection of artworks from the ancient civilizations that flourished around the Mediterranean basin.