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1440, Falerii Veteres/Civita Castellana, Sassi Caduti

  • Record number: 1440
  • Site: Falerii Veteres/Civita Castellana
  • Building or zone: Sassi Caduti
  • Position: Pediment corner
  • Roof element: Acroteria, animal statues
  • Remarks: Fragment of hollow, handmade bird body (Th wall 1.3) with painted elongated upright scale pattern on chest, horizontal scale pattern pointing towards tail on sides, separated by 2 rows of feathers pointing towards tail, painted & rendered in relief, with inner upper row smaller then outer recessed row. Scales: black outline on cream ground with purple-red central dot. Feathers: alternately black or red outline; on right side, each feather has central band alternately red or black contrasting with outline; on left side, outline only. Round scroll (W 3.3, Diam ca. 4.2) at bottom with black outlined edge & central red stripe; central hole (Diam 1.6) with red outline. May have been others attached to bottom
  • Bibliography: Andrén 1940, p. 109, No. I:2, Pl. 37:125; Helbig4 III, p. 730, No. 2824; Danner 1993a, p. 102; Opgenhaffen 2011, fig. 10:c
  • Publication record: Architectural terracottas from Etrusco-Italic Temples. Author: Andrén, A.. Place of publication: Lund/Leipzig. Publication Date: 1939-1940
    Die Dekoration auf First und Giebelschrägen in der archaischen Baukunst Mittelitaliens. Author: Danner, P.. Journal and volume number: Deliciae Fictiles. Place of publication: Stockholm. Publication Date: 1993. Pages: 93-107
    Führer durch die öffentlichen Sammlungen klassischer Altertümer in Rome, Bd. 1-4. 4., völlig neu bearb. Aufl. Hrsg. Von H. Speier. Author: Helbig, W.. Place of publication: Tübingen. Publication Date: 1963-1972
    Sirens on the roof: Identification of terracotta bird-women in Central Italy. Author: Opgenhaffen, L.. Journal and volume number: Deliciae Fictiles IV. Place of publication: Oxford. Publication Date: 2011. Pages: 50-61
  • Type of decoration: Bird body of Siren with painted scale pattern and relief feathers/scroll
  • Last Recorded Collection: Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia
  • Mouldmade: no
  • Height: 15.3
  • Width: 11.6
  • MPD: 20.7
  • Clay: 10YR 7/4
  • Paint: Cream slip 10YR 7/3, purple-red 5R 4/3
  • Condition: Missing most of top
  • Length torso: 20.7
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