Funerary urn in the shape of a temple

Urna cineraria a forma di tempio
Funerary monument and ornaments
Italic art of the 3rd century B.C.
Material and technique: 
From Palestrina, Latium
Inv. MB 173

This limestone urn was found in 1869 in the territory of Palestrina, inside a chest made of peperino stone. The urn contained the dead man’s ashes and vestiges of the gold decoration on his clothing. The chest contained the grave goods: a strigil with a handle shaped like a female figure (now at the British Museum), an engraved mirror (lost) and alabaster vase (lost). The tomb, dated to the end of the 4th century B.C., was surmounted by a limestone statue, of which only a short description in 19th-century reports has come down to us.

Opere del percorso

The hall

This room displays Roman artworks, plus some medieval pieces that wind up the long chronological itinerary through the Barracco collection.