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1712, Veii, Portonaccio sanctuary - Temple of Apollo

  • Record number: 1712
  • Site: Veii
  • Building or zone: Portonaccio sanctuary - Temple of Apollo
  • Position: Ridge
  • Roof element: Acroterion bases
  • Remarks: Large hollow base with semicylindrical curve to longitudinal underside (RH 41, RD 77), smaller curved openings at bottom of side walls for insertion of cover tiles from slope, and small round holes in side walls (2/side, Diam 7) near top of curve, for transporting. Side walls curve inwards towards top. Wide flat fascia around outer top edge (81.5 x 57), inside which is rectangular depression with projecting resting surfaces rising from curved floor; on inner side of fascia, painted letters NE Below fascia on outer edge, wedge-shaped supports, 4/long side. Outer surfaces cream with painted decorations in black-brown: double spirals above diving dolphins on long sides. Base would sit over semicylindrical ridge tiles
  • Bibliography: Stefani 1946, pp. 43-44, figs. 8-10; Santangelo 1952, fig. 45; Veio, Cerveteri, Vulci 2001, p. 59, I.F.2.5, Pl. I and drawings of all fragments; Maras 2011
  • Publication record: Gli dei sul tetto. Le basi acroteriali del tempio di Veio-Portonaccio: messa in opera e funzione. Author: Maras, D.F.. Journal and volume number: Deliciae Fictiles IV. Place of publication: Oxford. Publication Date: 2011. Pages: 107-114
    Veio, Cerveteri, Vulci. Città d'Etruria a confronto. Catalogo della mostra, Roma, Museo Nazionale Etrusco. Author: Moretti Sgubini, A.M.. Place of publication: Roma. Publication Date: 2001
    Veio. Basi di statue fittili scoperte nel santuario "dell'Apollo". Author: Stefani, E.. Journal and volume number: NSc. Publication Date: 1946. Pages: 36-59
    Veio. Santuario "di Apollo". Scavi fra il 1944 e il 1949. Author: Santangelo, M.. Journal and volume number: BdA 37. Publication Date: 1952. Pages: 147-172
  • Associated elements: 11 statues of humans & 3 of fantastic animals
  • Type of decoration: Painted volutes, pairs of dolphins, letters NE
  • Last Recorded Collection: Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia
  • Mouldmade: no
  • Height: 70
  • Width: 90
  • MPD: 83
  • Paint: Cream, brown-black
  • Condition: Restored from many fragments

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