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1242, Falerii Veteres/Civita Castellana, Sassi Caduti - Temple of Mercury

  • Record number: 1242
  • Site: Falerii Veteres/Civita Castellana
  • Building or zone: Sassi Caduti - Temple of Mercury
  • Position: Ridge
  • Roof element: Acroteria, human statues
  • Comparanda: Veii, Portonaccio acroteria statues
  • Remarks: Half life-sized statue of draped female striding to left, on rounded plinth (Th 2). Legs hollow (Th wall 1.5-2.5), with cross-wall between legs, over which drapery modelled by hand. Drapery clustered over left thigh where held raised in (missing) left hand, below which thick, straight pleats. Over right advanced leg's inner thigh, swallow-tail folds of mantle edges. On back of statue, 2 round horizontal struts at knee-level of left leg & slightly higher behind drapery: attached to 2nd figure? Area above struts smoothed but unfinished. Inside of statue has many finger striations.
  • Bibliography: Italia. Omnium terrarum alumnae 1990, p. 532, fig. 525 (Colonna: central acroterion); Danner 1993a, p. 101, n. 88 (longitudinal position along ridge)
  • Publication record: Die Dekoration auf First und Giebelschr√§gen in der archaischen Baukunst Mittelitaliens. Author: Danner, P.. Journal and volume number: Deliciae Fictiles. Place of publication: Stockholm. Publication Date: 1993. Pages: 93-107
    Italia omnium terrarum alumnae. Author: Ampolo, C. et al.. Journal and volume number: Antica madre. Place of publication: Milano. Publication Date: 1990
  • Type of decoration: Draped female figure striding to left
  • Last Recorded Collection: Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia
  • Mouldmade: no
  • Height: 65
  • Width: 36.5
  • MPD: 16
  • Paint: Chiton brown with hem decoration with red meander band between black lines, with upper black row of triangles, Mantle purple-red with black stripe near edge on cream border. Top of plinth black
  • Condition: Partially preserved from below right breast - plinth; missing right foot & bottom of drapery
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