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3540, Poggio Civitate, T5E/Courtyard building

  • Record number: 3540
  • Site: Poggio Civitate
  • Building or zone: T5E/Courtyard building
  • Position: Ridge
  • Roof element: Acroteria, animal statues
  • Comparanda: Treatment of eyes similar to sphinx 68-635
  • Remarks: Griffin head acroterion. Inside uneven, lumpy, "lava flow", with fairly thin walls (ca. 1 at mouth, 2 at neck). Diam knob 2.2. Dist. outer eyes 7.4. RH open mouth 8.6. Piece is covered with shiny black incrustation inside and out and over breaks at neck. Uneven break at neck- not detached from tile. Fabric, scale, workmanship similar to acroteria.
  • Bibliography: Case e palazzi d'Etruria 1985, p. 150, 3.685; Bruni et al. 1988, p. 41, fig. 45; Edlund-Berry 1992, p. 224, H.4; Phillips 1993, p. 59, fig. 69; Newland 1994, pp. 32-33, no. 6; Winter 1994; Winter 2009a, pp. 204-205, 3.E.3.a, fig. 3.38
  • Publication record: A terracotta griffin head from Poggio Civitate (Murlo)
    Antiquarium di Poggio Civitate
    Case e palazzi d'Etruria
    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)
  • Associated elements: T. Gantz notebook III 1968: other pieces probably belonging: 68-171 ridge tile with paw, 68-163 griffin wing, 68-172 paw and lower leg
  • Type of decoration: Griffin head
  • Current Collection: Antiquarium di Poggio Civitate: 68-50 109858
  • Mouldmade: no
  • Height: 17.2R
  • Width: 23.9R
  • MPD: 12.7R
  • Clay: 2.5YR 6/8
  • Distance outer eyes: 7.4
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