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Relief with the sacrifice of a ram

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Sacrificant (? Artemis) stands at the right; her right hand holds a patera on the head of a ram (?). At the left a draped figure playing the double flute. An altar and a tree with large round fruits occupy the center. The back is unworked. Round vent hole near center. grayish clay. Said to be...

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December, 1885, discovered by Don Mariano Lazzari at Cerveteri, Italy and sold, through Pietro Pennelli, to Rodolfo Lanciani (b. 1845 – d. 1929), Rome; 1888, sold by Lanciani to the MFA for $491.89 [purchase price for MFA accession nos. 88.345 – 88.530]. (Accession Date: January 1, 1888) NOTE: See Helen Nagy, "Etruscan Votive Terracottas from Cerveteri in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: A Glimpse into the History of the Collection," Etruscan Studies 11 (2008), pp. 101-119.

Credit Line

Everett Fund

Italic, Etruscan, Hellenistic Period, 4th–3rd century B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Etruria, Italy


Height: 21.5 cm (8 7/16 in.); width: 19.6 cm (7 11/16 in.)

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The Ancient World