Department of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities: Archaic Greek Art (7th-6th centuries BC)
© 2005 RMN / Hervé Lewandowski
Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities
Archaic Greek Art (7th-6th centuries BC)
This cinerary casket comes from an Attic grave discovered at Faliro, a port of Athens located east of Piraeus. The object, dating from the latter decades of the 6th century BC, consists of a lidded bowl made of marble (Ma 3164) in which was placed a bronze lebes containing the cremated remains of the deceased. This vessel has four attachment devices: two loops for the handles and two others for the small metal rods that held the lid in place.
Items from an Attic grave
This funerary casket containing the ashes and incinerated bones of the deceased person was found in an Attic grave at Falira, a port of Athens east of Piraeus. The grave dates from the latter decades of the 6th century BC. The cinerary urn entered the Louvre after being purchased in 1904.
A cinerary casket
This object consists of a cylindrical vessel widening slightly toward the top, covered with a flat lid and carved out of marble from Mount Hymettus (Attica). The exterior of the bowl and its lid are rough-hewn point work, while its inner walls are roughed out with a claw chisel. The marble casket contains a bronze lebes-a sort of pot-bellied cauldron-in which the incinerated bones of the deceased still lie. These remains were probably originally wrapped in a piece of fabric, as seen in a number of urns found in Attica. The lebes has four attachment devices: two loops for the handles and two with central holes for the small metal rods that held the lid in place.
A widely used vessel
This type of lebes with four loop attachments was widely used in Attica from the late Archaic period throughout the 5th century BC, either as an ex-voto in temples or as a cinerary urn in cemeteries. Shortly after the
Dernier tiers du VIe siècle avant J.-C.
Provenance : Phalère
H. : 38 cm. ; D. : 60 cm. (coffre)Pr. : 7,50 cm. (couvercle)
Acquisition 1904 , 1904
Ma 3164, Br 2589
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