Capital of Magister Guilelmus

Capital of Magister Guilelmus

Marble Magister Guilelmus XII sec. cm. 30 x 27 x 23   This capital was found during the restoration of S. Silvestro church (today called Gesù church) where it was recycled as acroterio on the top of the façade. It is decorated with an Adoration of the Magi and signed on the base in Gothic…

Arch Of Ciborium

Arch Of Ciborium

Peperino VIII-IX sec. cm. 130×55   It is difficult to define Ciborium for while it generally means a fixed rectangular structure above the altar, usually open on all sides, its use has been enlarged to indicate other parts such as the tabernacle. This arc has intertwined decorations with two facing peacocks. The peacock became a…

Archaeological digs

Archaeological digs

XII-XIII d.C.   With the inauguration of the Museum in the Jubilee year 2000, several changes were made to prepare the structure for new use. During these works the cemetery area and a few tombs in situ emerged and were saved from the restoration works. The burials of the loggetta type, are datable in the…

Capital from Ferento

Capital from Ferento

Marble roman ages cm. 62 x 52 x 52 A decorative semi-capital from Ferento, made out of a marble monolith and found during the 20th century restoration of the Diocesan archives. On the left side is part of a Roman inscription, which reads: “Impe(ratori) Ca(esari)/ (Fl)avio Co(stan)/tino Pio(felici)/(in)victo M(aximo Augusto)/ Ferent(ienses)/devo(t)i nu(mini m)aei(stati)/(qu)e eius”. “To…

Etruscan sarcophagus

Etruscan sarcophagus

Terracotta II sec. a.C. cm. 189,5 x 47 x 47   The Etruscan sarcophagus which have most influenced the popular imagination are those with the cover a kline. They were made in stone or terracotta and were topped with a male figure resting on a kline (a type of divan). The figure is shown with…

Etruscan cippo

Etruscan cippo

Nenfro Unknow 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…

Urna villanoviana - Ceramics and bronzes

Ceramics and bronzes

Ceramics and bronzes X a.C. – I a.C.   This display case holds a series of ceramics made in different epochs and from different civilizations which testify to the continuity of habitation in the Tuscia area. The oldest piece is a two handled urn with engraved geometric décor. The Villanovan ware (10-8th century BC) was…