- Museum number
- Object: Penelli Sarcophagus
Fake terracotta sarcophagus with a married couple reclining on the lid.
On the left-hand short side is represented the departure of two warriors; on the front is represented the combat of warriors and the death of one of them; on the right-hand short side is represented a scene of women mourning for the dead warrior; and on the back is represented a sepulchral banquet.
The sarcophagus rests on four angular pedestals, one under each corner, in the form of Sirens.
Fragments removed from the terracotta sarcophagus are also registered under this number: sawdust, fibrous material and clay.
- Production date
Height: 118 centimetres (Lid height 78cm. Chest height 40cm.Feet height 21cm.)
Length: 158 centimetres
Width: 72 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This was claimed to have been excavated in Caere but is now regarded as a forgery. Inscription copied from a gold brooch at the Louvre. Several elements are unlike anything from the Etruscans: the poses of the couple, the nudity of the man, and the nineteenth century under-garments of the woman.
Williams, D. 1992. The Brygos Tomb Reassembled and 19th-Century Commerce in Capuan Antiquities. American Journal of Archaeology 96, No. 4, pp. 617-636.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
Etruscan Civilisation at Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History 19 Jun - 25 Nov 2012
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number