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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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Neck-Handled Cinerary AmphoraNeck-Handled Cinerary Amphora

This amphora was used as an ash urn to hold the cremated remains of a deceased man. The chariot scene may represent a procession to the battlefield but may also illustrate one to the cemetery. The modeled snake around the rim can be understood as a chthonic symbol, or one evoking the Underworld.

Neck-Handled Cinerary Amphora
Greek, Late Geometric II
ca. 720–700 B.C.E.
Greece, Attica (near Sounion)

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