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Terracotta ash-urn with a lid in the form of a woman lying in bed

-510/-490

British Museum

British Museum

This enchanting terracotta ash-urn from Cerveteri shows a deceased young woman lying in bed with her long locks of hair carefully arranged over the bedspread. Her head rests on a pillow with a draped bolster behind, and her feet, in fashionable boots with upturned toes, appear beneath the cover. The extravagant bed has elaborately moulded legs and friezes of animals down either side.This touching monument shows the deceased lying peacefully at rest. Later ash urns represent the dead person alert, as in life: the deceased is raised up on one elbow, reclining as at a banquet or clasping a mirror to view themselves.

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  • Title: Terracotta ash-urn with a lid in the form of a woman lying in bed
  • Date Created: -510/-490
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 22.86cm; Length: 58.42cm; Width: 33.02cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Registration number: 1879,0624.1
  • Production place: Made in Italy
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Caere
  • Period/culture: Etruscan
  • Material: terracotta
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Piot, Eug

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