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291, Orvieto, sporadic

  • Record number: 291
  • Site: Orvieto
  • Building or zone: sporadic
  • Position: Pediment
  • Roof element: Columen plaques
  • Comparanda: Belvedere pedimental sculpture
  • Remarks: Torso of female with white skin, wearing painted necklace, chiton, and heavy mantle draped around left breast, falling with deep overfold. Two youths at either side of torso are nude, skin brown. Bodies hollow, back of relief flat. Th plaque 1.8. Nail holes below arms of youths, either side of Harpy/Siren, top left Diam 1.7-2.0. Large vent-hole in middle of Harpy/Siren (Diam 3), probably originally hidden by object set in square opening.
  • Bibliography: AndrĂ©n 1940, p. 200, No. III:1, Pl. 76:258; Poulsen 1966, p. 39; Christiansen & Winter 2010, pp. 170-171, no. 77; Opgenhaffen 2011, fig. 10:e
  • Publication record: Architectural terracottas from Etrusco-Italic Temples
    Etruria I. Architectural terracottas and painted wall plaques, pinakes c. 625-200 BC.Catalogue, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Den Etruskiske Samling
    Sirens on the roof: Identification of terracotta bird-women in Central Italy
    The Caprifico roof in its wider context
  • Type of decoration: Harpy or Siren carrying 2 youths
  • Current Collection: Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek: HIN 470 (H. 216)
  • Mouldmade: no
  • Height: 35
  • Width: 28
  • MPD: 8.5
  • Clay: 7.5YR 6/4-7/4
  • Paint: White slip 10YR 7/2, brown skin 5YR 5/4, purple-red 7.5R 3/4, black
  • Condition: No finished edges; missing all heads, outer parts of youths' bodies and legs
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