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3525, Poggio Civitate, T9 5-6 (71-590), CA28-3 (71-415), CA2G, 2K Dump (68-553), CA2H (68-65), CA28 (69-351)

  • Record number: 3525
  • Site: Poggio Civitate
  • Building or zone: T9 5-6 (71-590), CA28-3 (71-415), CA2G, 2K Dump (68-553), CA2H (68-65), CA28 (69-351)
  • Position: Ridge
  • Roof element: Acroteria, cutout
  • Remarks: Large semicircular ridge tile with large hole (L oval hole 10, W 8.8) behind acroterion in probably center of tile (full width not preserved). At front, 2 raised ridges (H 4, W 2) creating channel of W 3.5. Into channel fits acroterion with 2 serpents curving around and biting into chest of human figure. Finished bottom left edge with squared corner. Th serpents 5.5, W serpents body tapers from 12.3 to 9.4 near head. "Serpent " heads resemble feline waterspout heads from lateral sima, with ears, almond-shaped eyes under deep brow (W 11.2). Animals share single tongue which lies suspended on top of body, with human hands with thumbs at either side. Human head has large hole in top for meniskos (Diam 1.8). Flat back, MPH head 14.2, MPW 12.7, D 7. H face 10.2, Dist. Outer eyes 6.6(?), L nose 3.3, W at bottom 2.2 W mouth 3.5, H ears right. 4.5 (scar), left 3.3. Traces of burning on right snake body. If human figure's hands, holding central "column", lie just below feline heads as rightly reconstructed, human head should sit much higher. Top edge of head finished, but sides behind and below ears show scars of breaks, as do top side of feline heads.
  • Bibliography: Case e palazzi d'Etruria 1985, p. 71 no. 3.16-3.20; Rystedt 1983, p. 54, fig. 31, Pls. 28, 30, PC 127 (68-553), fig. 30 Pl. 29, PC 126 (71-415), pp. 54-55, Pls. 28-29, PC no. 128 (68-65), p. 56, Pl. 30, PC 135 (69-357); Winter 2009a, pp. 114-116, 2.E.7.d, fig. 2.21, ill. 2.17.3
  • Publication record: Acquarossa 4: Early Etruscan akroteria from Acquarossa and Poggio Civitate (Murlo). Author: Rystedt, E.. Place of publication: Stockholm. Publication Date: 1983
    Case e palazzi d'Etruria. Author: Stopponi, S. (ed.). Place of publication: Milano. Publication Date: 1985
    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
  • Associated elements: 66-308, 70-420, 67-490, 68-624, 70-223, 68-554 71-415, 68-49, 68-275, 69-351, 68-65 71-415, 68-49, 68-275, 69-351, 68-65
  • Type of decoration: Serpents and man
  • Last Recorded Collection: Antiquarium di Poggio Civitate
  • Mouldmade: no
  • Height: 65R
  • Width: 63R
  • Clay: 5YR 5/6
  • Paint: Red-brown paint on right snake body, top of human head 10YR 5/8.
  • Height head: 11.4
  • Distance outer eyes: 8.1
  • Width nose bottom: 3.1
  • Thickness tile: 2.5
  • Height ridge tile: 12
  • Width ridge tile: 24
  • Depth ridge tile: 46.6
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