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312, Caere

  • Record number: 312
  • Site: Caere
  • Position: Corners of roof
  • Roof element: Acroteria, animal statues
  • Remarks: Seated sphinx mounted on thick plinth (H 3; purple-red top and side edges) with hind legs flat on surface (HIN 720, HIN 721B: MPH 7.3, MPW 10.6, MPD 17.9, H plinth 2.8, W paw 6.6.). Fragmentary head (HIN 721A: MPH head 9.4, MPW 8.1, H diadem 2.8). Torso (HIN 721L: MPH 35.3, MPW 21, MPD 3.6, hollow with thick sides (Th 3). Fragment (HIN 721I) with wide necklace/collar and 2 strands of pearl-locks. Part of chest (HIN 721K) with 2 strands of pearl-locks to either side of upright, hand-drawn scale pattern (H scale 3.3). Wings (HIN 721E, HIN 721H, HIN 721M: MPH left 17, Th right 1.2-1.5) with 3 sets of feathers, strut between insides. Forelegs (HIN 721D, HIN 721G: MPH left 10.7) solid. Front paws (HIN 721C, HIN 721F: MPH 7.9, MPW 11.6, MPD 9.3, H plinth 2.8-3.3, W paw 6.5) with 4 toes, nails. Body fragment (HIN 721:MPH 7.3, MPW 5.4, MPL 13.2) with curving tail (H 1.8, W 2.9), resting against torso.
  • Bibliography: Christiansen 1985, pp. 135, 137, 151, fig. 3; Danner 1993a, p. 100, fig. 15; Winter 2009a, pp. 474-475, 6.E.3.a, Ill. 6.21; Christiansen & Winter 2010, pp. 144-147, no. 69
  • Publication record: Die Dekoration auf First und Giebelschrägen in der archaischen Baukunst Mittelitaliens. Author: Danner, P.. Journal and volume number: Deliciae Fictiles. Place of publication: Stockholm. Publication Date: 1993. Pages: 93-107
    Etruria I. Architectural terracottas and painted wall plaques, pinakes c. 625-200 BC.Catalogue, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Author: Christiansen, J. & N.A. Winter. Place of publication: Copenhagen. Publication Date: 2010
    Etruskische Stumper. Author: Christiansen, J.. Journal and volume number: MedKøb 41. Publication Date: 1985. Pages: 133-151
    Symbols of Wealth and Power: Architectural Terracotta Decoration in Etruria and Central Italy, 640-510 B.C.. Author: Winter, N.A.. Journal and volume number: MAAR Suppl. 9. Place of publication: Ann Arbor. Publication Date: 2009
    The Caprifico roof in its wider context. Author: Winter, N.A.. Journal and volume number: Il tempio arcaico di Caprifico di Torrecchia. Place of publication: Roma. Publication Date: 2010. Pages: 113-122
  • Associated elements: HIN 896
  • Type of decoration: Seated sphinx
  • Last Recorded Collection: Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
  • Mouldmade: No
  • Clay: 5YR 6/6
  • Paint: Cream slip 10YR 8/2, brown-red 10R 4/4, dark red 7.5R 4/6-4/88, black
  • Condition: Very fragmentary; parts of 2 statues
  • Height head: 9.4
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