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    Limestone base of a tomb-marker (cippus), probably once surmounted by a stone sphere or cone. It is decorated with cable pattern at the corners, and all four sides are carved in low relief, with: a boy with a lyre between two dancing youths; a girl between a man and woman, all three dancing; and, on the remaining two sides, a scene of a boy playing double-pipes between a man and woman dancing.


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    • 490BC-470BC
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    • Height: 52.5 centimetres
    • Width: 34.5 centimetres
    • Depth: 36 centimetres
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    • Sculpture D16 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 22/03/14 - 15/06/14, Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca e della Citta di Cortona, Italy, ' La Gran Bretagna e gli Etruschi '.

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COMPASS Title: Limestone cippus with relief showing musicians


COMPASS Title: Limestone cippus with relief showing musicians

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