Etruscan cippo

Late Etruscan period
cm. 50 x 96 x 52


Viterbo falls into the area of Southern interior Etruria. Only in the territory of the city of Viterbo can we find important rock hewn necropoli, different from those of coastal Etruria like Tarquinia. The best known of these rock hewn necropoli are Castel d’Asso and Norchia. Near the city walls there is also the necropolis of Poggio Giudio.

One of the most used symbols in these necropoli (which were used for many centuries culminating around 4th century BC) is the Doric doorway or false doorway which is seen in the Museum’s cippo. In the Etruscan liturgy it indicated the entrance door to the underworld.

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