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Sarcophagus or large urn with cover

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This object is one of five ash urns found in a tomb of the Velsi family of ancient Chiusi. This urn is the largest and best preserved of the group. Its inscription, ""FASTIA VELSI LARZL, VELUS PUIA," which extends across the front and part of the left end of the lid, identifies the cremated...

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Inscription

The inscription reads as follows: "FASTIA VELSI LARZL, VELUS PUIA," interpreted as: "Fastia Velsi, wife of Larza Velu"

Provenance

One of a group of objects said to have been found together in a tomb near Chiusi (probably in the Colle Lucioli just east of Chiusi) [MFA 13.2860-13.2901]; by 1913: with Raoul Tolentino, 57 Via Sistina, Rome; purchased by MFA from Raoul Tolentino, November 6, 1913

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Italic, Etruscan, Hellenistic Period, Late 3rd century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 385; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 116 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height (max.) x length (of cover): 104 x 75 cm (40 15/16 x 29 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

13.2860a

Medium or Technique

Limestone (possibly travertine), the chest is smoother and less porous than the lid

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels