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cinerary urn / human cremation

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Terracotta cinerary urn decorated at the shoulder with four painted and gilded bull-griffin protomes. The conical cover is surmounted by a miniature vase. Human remains and cloth were once contained inside the urn, now stored separately. Also inside the urn were two obols and a terracotta figure of a siren in an attitude of mourning.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 300BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 40.64 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    The bull-griffins are clearly influenced by the art of Achaemenid Persia.

  • Bibliography

    • Terracotta C12 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G22/dc7

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Burgon collection number 282

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Terracotta funerary urn


COMPASS Title: Terracotta funerary urn

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