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1715, Veii, Portonaccio sanctuary - Temple of Apollo

  • Record number: 1715
  • Site: Veii
  • Building or zone: Portonaccio sanctuary - Temple of Apollo
  • Position: Pediment right corner
  • Roof element: Acroteria, statues
  • Remarks: Small statuary group of Amazon rider (MPH 22.5, RH ca. 40) sitting side-saddle on rearing horse, moving to right. Rider wears short chiton below cuirass with flaps & belt, & pteryges. Long locks of hair on back shoulders. Hollow, handmade, in round. Was attached to last block of raking sima at lower right corner of pediment, above strigils, part of which remain on belly of horse, extending in front of openwork cresting. To right of horse, part of openwork volute pattern painted black with white edges, which would have extended down to ram's head corner protome. Four main fragments: 1. Fragment preserves horse hindquarters. Detached from curving surface that projected at top, probably cavetto and strigils. MPH 29.1, MPW 1.2, MPD 11.6. Joins back of 2. 2. Central and forequarters of horse with painted strigil below belly and double volutes to right, black with white edges at front and reversed closed white volute with 3rd volute below and with black edges behind. Channel behind horse D 4. Left leg of female rider seated side-saddle attached to horse. MPH 30.5, MPW 36.5, MPD 16.4. 3. Horse head MPH 12.8, MPW 14.4, MPD 5. Hollow. White with painted brown bridle. L head 13, W 4.5. 4. Female rider. MPH 22.6, MPW 9.1, MPD 9. Right hand scar on right hip. Elongated upper torso turned 3/4. Painted cuirass with 2 rows of flaps and scallops of skirt hem on thigh. 2nd fragment of left thigh with flaps and hem.
  • Bibliography: Santangelo 1952, p. 153, fig. 20; Santuari d'Etruria 1985, p. 102, 5.1.B.3-5; Veio, Cerveteri, Vulci 2001, p. 62, I.F.3.1, Pl. II bottom; Etruschi, le antiche metropoli 2008, p. 203, no. 10; Carlucci 2011, figs. 2.b*, 4
  • Publication record: Etruschi, le antiche metropoli del Lazio. Author: Torelli, M. & A.M. Moretti Sgubini. Place of publication: Milano. Publication Date: 2008
    Il repertorio figurativo del ciclo acroteriale del tempio dell'Apollo a Veio-Portonaccio. Author: Carlucci, C.. Journal and volume number: Deliciae Fictiles IV. Place of publication: Oxford. Publication Date: 2011. Pages: 115-127
    Santuari d'Etruria. Author: Colonna, G. (ed.). Place of publication: Milano. Publication Date: 1985
    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. 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: Fragments of at least 4 figures, including hoplite from left corner of pediment, horse head facing left, small head of warrior: Santuari d'Etruria 1985, p. 102, 5.1.B.4
  • Type of decoration: Amazon rider in profile to right
  • Last Recorded Collection: Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia
  • Mouldmade: no
  • Height: 37
  • Width: 37
  • MPD: 20
  • Clay: 5YR 5/4
  • Paint: 2. Cream paint on horse and female leg 2.5Y 7/2-7/4. 4. Cuirass 2.5Y 7/4. Light brown skin 10YR 7/3.
  • Condition: Missing heads of rider & horse, arms, parts of lower legs
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