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    Sale 2056

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    9 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 131

    AN ETRUSCAN ALABASTER CINERARY URN LID

    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    AN ETRUSCAN ALABASTER CINERARY URN LID
    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY B.C.
    For a woman, depicted reclining with her left elbow on a pillow, her head raised and facing outward, her right leg bent at the knee above her left, holding an attribute in her left hand and the handle of a leaf-shaped fan in her right, wearing a tunic and a voluminous mantle drawn up over the back of her head as a veil
    23¼ in. (59 cm.) wide


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    The city of Volterra specialized in the production of stone urns in alabaster. The front of the urns often had mythological scenes in relief, while the lids, as here, show the deceased reclining. For a related example see pl. 17 in Cateni, Volterra, Il Museo Etrusco.

    Provenance

    Paris Art Market, 1950s.
    Ms. Luce Klein, New Rochelle, New York.