Etruscan canopy our reproduction in terracotta - Florence archeological museum

Etruscan canopy our reproduction in terracotta - Florence archeological museum



Academic copy of the wonderful covers of the Etruscan Canopies.
The original from which we draw is kept in the Archaeological Museum of Florence.
First half of the 6th century. / Beginning of the fifth century. B.C.

The royal yellow marble base costs 90 €.

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Height 9.06 in 23 cm
Width 7.87 in 20 cm
Depth 7.48 in 19 cm
Weight 33.07 lbs 15 Kg
Height including base 14.17 in 36 cm
Square base 6.30 in X 6.30 in 16 X 16 cm
Manufacturing Made in Italy (Tuscany)
Material Terracotta, iron and marble
Museum where the Original is exhibited Museo Archeologico Firenze
Note 01 Hand made

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The National Archaeological Museum of Florence (Italian – Museo archeologico nazionale di Firenze) is an archaeological museum in Florence, Italy. It is located at 1 piazza Santissima Annunziata, in the Palazzo della Crocetta (a palace built in 1620 for princess Maria Maddalena de' Medici, daughter of Ferdinand I de Medici, by Giulio Parigi).
The museum was inaugurated in the presence of king Victor Emmanuel II in 1870 in the buildings of the Cenacolo di Fuligno on via Faenza. At that time it only comprised Etruscan and Roman remains. As the  collections grew, a new site soon became necessary and in 1880 the museum was transferred to its present building.
The collection's first foundations were the family collections of the Medici and Lorraine, with several transfers from the Uffizi up to 1890 (except the collections of marble sculpture which the Uffizi already possessed). The Egyptian section was first formed in the first half of the 18th century from part of the collections of Pierre Léopold de Toscane, from another part of an expedition promoted by the same Grand Duke in 1828–29 and led by Ippolito Rosellini and Champollion (the man who first deciphered hieroglyphics). In 1887 a new topographic museum on the Etruscans was added, but it was destroyed in the 1966 floods.

Canopus - Cinerary vase, typical of the Etruscan Chiusi, with the pot-bellied body and the neck or lid shaped like a human head. This reminded the living of the physiognomy of their deceased loved ones who lived a second life in the hereafter. The canopic jars have such exact features and expressive power that they can rightly be considered as the first examples of the art of portraiture on Italian soil. The prototype of the canopic jars has been sought in the civilization of the terramaricoli and Phrygian or Phoenician-Cypriot influences have been recognized in it: in truth, the custom of decorating the body of some vases with human features dates back to very remote antiquity, since specimens of this kind they were found in the pre-cenean strata of Troy. However, they are completely different from the Etruscan canopy. The canopy was born as a native art product of the Chiusi area and has its own evolution. In the seventh century we find urns with very long necks, but aniconic; one of these, coming from Poggio alla Sala, appears placed on a throne; it therefore symbolically represents the deceased. Also in the same century, the cinerary began to be identified by applying bronze or terracotta masks to the neck of the vase. From the type thus obtained it is a short step to the canopic itself. The first half of the century VI is the period of greatest flowering of the canopic jars. Every care is taken in portraying the features of the deceased, and often to indicate the human body two bumps are applied to the surface of the vase indicating the breasts and two arms on the sides. A specimen from Dolciano is the best representative of the bronze canopic. The head, made of clay, is carefully worked, with the mop reaching the hip; the throne on which he is placed is decorated with the usual motifs of orientalizing art, that is, with winged animals. Simpler, but no less accurate, is a terracotta canopic from Chiusi and now in the Civic Museum of Bologna.


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