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1631, Pyrgi, Temple B

  • Record number: 1631
  • Site: Pyrgi
  • Building or zone: Temple B
  • Position: Pediment corner
  • Roof element: Acroteria, human statues
  • Comparanda: Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Amazon groups from Cerveteri
  • Remarks: Hollow, handmade group with bridled horse (MPH 25.4, H head 16.7, W mane 2.6, W head 6.4, L jaw 7.5) facing to right, with legs forward & head lowered, carrying rider (MPH 18.8, L knee-ankle 12.8) on back, sitting side-saddle facing viewer, wearing short tunic painted red with white or gray hem bordered by 2 parallel black lines. On back, black reins with red-brown beads, volute with red-brown edges; small hole above volute (Diam 0.6). Hollow horse torso (Th wall 2) & rider torso (Th wall 1.8). Vent hole (Diam 0.6) between rider's body & underside of right leg. Detached from raking sima top corner. Despite brown skin and muscular legs, rider is probably an Amazon because of side-saddle position.
  • Bibliography: Pyrgi 1970, pp. 306-307, no. 1, figs. 230-232; Proietti 1980, p. 145, figs. 178-179; Prima Italia 1980-1981, pp. 135-136, no. 86; Santuari d'Etruria 1985, p. 133, 7.1.C.5; Danner 1993a, p. 103, fig. 20
  • Publication record: Die Dekoration auf First und Giebelschr√§gen in der archaischen Baukunst Mittelitaliens. Author: Danner, P.. Journal and volume number: Deliciae Fictiles. Place of publication: Stockholm. Publication Date: 1993. Pages: 93-107
    Il Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia. Author: Proietti, G.. Place of publication: Roma. Publication Date: 1980
    Prima Italia: Arts italiques du premier millénaire avant J.C. Exhibition, 5 novembre 1980-4 janvier 1981. Place of publication: Bruxelles. Publication Date: 1980-1981
    Pyrgi. Scavi nel santuario etrusco (1959-1967). Journal and volume number: NSc II. Supplemento al vol. XXIV. Publication Date: 1970
    Santuari d'Etruria. Author: Colonna, G. (ed.). Place of publication: Milano. Publication Date: 1985
  • Type of decoration: Amazon rider on horse facing right
  • Last Recorded Collection: Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia
  • Mouldmade: no
  • Height: 25.4
  • Width: 39
  • MPD: 17.4
  • Clay: 10YR 7/3
  • Paint: Buff 10YR 7/3 horse; gold-brown mane 7.5YR 5/6: black bridle & eye outline, reins, lines on skirt hem; brown 7.5YR 6/4 rider's skin; red-brown 2.5YR 5/4 skirt, beaded reins, volute edges
  • Condition: Preserves forequarters of horse, and waist-ankle of rider
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