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3544, Poggio Civitate, CA2I/Courtyard building

  • Record number: 3544
  • Site: Poggio Civitate
  • Building or zone: CA2I/Courtyard building
  • Position: Ridge
  • Roof element: Acroteria, animal statues
  • Remarks: Head of sphinx acroterion. Hollow, handmade. Small air vents(?) with outer oval shape, but small round opening inside head at top center and center of back of head. Also ears and mouth opened. H ear 6.5, Th wall 2.2. Headband encircles head. Hair parted in 4 sections on top of head. Wavy locks on back of head, cut short across top of neck, while locks along sides of head are long. At forehead, below headband, round nodules. Life size.
  • Bibliography: Edlund 1985; Case e palazzi d'Etruria 1985, pp. 108-109, 3.280; Bruni et al. 1988, p. 55, fig. 58; Edlund-Berry 1989, p. 29, fig. 20; Edlund-Berry 1992, pp. 187, 223, no. B.3, fig. 99; Phillips 1993, p. 23; Newland 1994, p. 131, no. 347 (identified as a centaur); Winter 2009a, pp. 203-204, 3.E.2.c, figs. 3.36-3.37
  • Publication record: A terracotta head from Poggio Civitate (Murlo)
    Antiquarium di Poggio Civitate
    Case e palazzi d'Etruria
    Four terracotta heads from Poggio Civitate (Murlo): towards a definition of the `Murlo style'
    In the hills of Tuscany. Recent excavations at the Etruscan site of Poggio Civitate (Murlo, Siena)
    Symbols of Wealth and Power: Architectural Terracotta Decoration in Etruria and Central Italy, 640-510 B.C.
    The akroterial sculpture and architectural terracottas from the Upper Building at Murlo
    The seated and standing statue akroteria from Poggio Civitate (Murlo)
  • Type of decoration: Sphinx
  • Current Collection: Antiquarium di Poggio Civitate: 68-100 107487
  • Mouldmade: no
  • Height: 23.2
  • Width: 16.4
  • MPD: 18.8
  • Clay: 7.5YR 4/4
  • Paint: Traces of red on hair 10R 4/6.
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