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1809, Rome, Esquiline hill

  • Record number: 1809
  • Site: Rome
  • Building or zone: Esquiline hill
  • Position: Pediment
  • Roof element: Columen/mutulus plaque
  • Comparanda: Pyrgi Temple B rider acroterion (Cristofani)
  • Remarks: Fragmentary small head of Herakles wearing lion-head helmet above spiral locks of hair. Left side of head unfinished, with lumpy surface, but painted. Back of head missing, but head was hollow. Handmade
  • Bibliography: Andrén 1940, p. 345, No. I:4 (giving as 9102); Gjerstad 1966, p. 462, fig. 131.3; Cristofani 1978, p. 96, fig. 66; Die Welt der Etrusker 1988, p. 179, B 6.4; Winter 2009a, pp. 466, 6.D.6; Mura Sommella 2010a, p. 93, fig, 13
  • Publication record: Architectural terracottas from Etrusco-Italic Temples
    Die Welt der Etrusker: archäologische Denkmäler aus Museen der sozialistischen Länder
    Early Rome IV.1: Synthesis of archaeological evidence
    Esquilino e Campidoglio: elementi della decorazione architettonica nella Roma dei Tarquini
    L'arte degli Etruschi. Produzione e consumo
    Symbols of Wealth and Power: Architectural Terracotta Decoration in Etruria and Central Italy, 640-510 B.C.
  • Type of decoration: Herakles head
  • Current Collection: Antikensammlung: TC 8102
  • Mouldmade: no
  • Height: 8
  • Width: 6.9
  • MPD: 4.7
  • Clay: 10YR 8/3
  • Paint: Lion head painted dark brown 7.5YR 5/4 with black lines on edges of muzzle, White teeth with gray/brown separations. Red skin 10R 4/4. black eyebrows, lids, pupil outlines, moustache, beard & lips. White eyeballs 10YR 8/2
  • Condition: Broken around edges, missing tip of beard
  • Distance outer eyes: 3.9
  • Width nose bottom: 1.7
  • Width mouth: 1.8

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