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Etruscan Terracotta Cinerary urn, 4th-3rd century BC

Etruscan Terracotta Cinerary urn, 4th-3rd century BC


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1443503

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Etruscan Terracotta Cinerary urn with a fight scene between Eteocles and Polynices In this urn we see the power struggle between two brothers called Eteocles and Polynices, who on their father's death inherited the kingdom with the only condition that they should reign alternating every year. These two characters were the sons of Oedipus. When the year of Eteocles' reign was over, he did not want to give the throne to his brother as planned and they engaged in a battle known as The Battle of Thebes. The front of the rectangular urn moulded with corner pilasters and central scene of the fratricide of Eteocles and Polyneices, each warrior wearing short tunic and corslet, one lunging forward to the right, the other fallen onto bended knee with shield held high, two furies holding flaming torches flanking the scene. Measurements: 26 x 43 cm
Conditions: The cover is missing. The faces of two of the characters are damaged
Provenance: A. Segarra/ Ars Historia Arqueología, Spain, 2014 Attached thermoluminescence test (TL). See picture