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Final Farewell: The Culture of Death and the Afterlife

The Spectacle of Death: Funerary Customs in Ancient Greece and Italy

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Biconical Cinerary UrnBiconical Cinerary Urn

The biconical cinerary urn was the most common type of Villanovan ash urn. The cremated remains of the deceased were placed in the urn and buried in a well-shaped grave. It is not known whether the urn held the ashes of a man or woman. Decorated with common Villanovan motifs, the urn has geometric incised designs and stamped decoration.

Biconical Cinerary Urn
Villanovan
750–700 B.C.E.
Italy, Etruria, Tarquinia (?)
Pottery
(63.15a and b)

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