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Pinax with warriors

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek


Fragmented pinax depicting two warriors.

Description of object

In the upper part of the pinax a broad band is indicated of which two incised and painted parallel bands are preserved. Above this, a red frieze/band is visible. In the center, two warriors are indicated. The warrior to the left is wearing a Corinthian helmet with a high crest. He is holding a round shield with his left arm. The shield is decorated with a triskelion. The warrior is holding a double spear in his right hand. To the right, another warrior is rendered. Only a part of his shield is visible. The shield is decorated with the outer edge having red squares, surrounded by a black line.

Choice of methods

Visual examination

  • Macroscopic

Technical imaging

  • UV
  • VIL


  • Cross section
  • Scrapings for FT-IR
  • XRF
  • FT-IR

Visual examination

The pinax is painted in red, brown and black on a light brown slip. The paint is flaking. There are traces of white paint on the left edge.


F. Roncalli (1965), Le lastre dipinte da Cerveteri, Firenze, 34, no. 21, 82, pl. XVI.1.

J. Christiansen (1985), Etruskiske Stumper, Meddelelser fra Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, 44, København, 133, fig. 1.

M. Cristofani (1986), Nuovi dati per la storia urbana di Caere, BdA, 35-36, 1-23.

M.A. Rizzo (1994), Nuove lastre dipinte da Cerveteri, in M. Martelli (ed.) Tyrrhenoi philotechnoi, Roma, 52, n. 2.

F. Roncalli (2006), La pittura su lastre fittili a Caere in Guidi, F.G., Bellelli, V. and Trojsi G. (eds.) Il guerriero de Ceri, Roma, 16, no. 9.

J. Christiansen & N. A. Winter (2010), Etruria I . Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen 2010, cat. no. 80. p. 178-179.

C. Brøns (1), S. B. Hedegaard & K. L. Rasmussen (2018), The real thing? Studies of polychromy and Authenticity of Etruscan Pinakes at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Studi Etruschi LXXIX – MMXIV, 195-223.

  • HIN 796
  • Architectural element
  • c. 520 B.C.E.
  • Etruscan
  • Terracotta
  • Aquired in 1977.
  • H. 53 cm.; W. 34 cm.; D. 3.2-3.5 cm.

Selected photos

  • Hin796_t_grey
  • Hin796_uv_t
  • Hin796_vil_t
  • Hin796_t_xrf
  • Hin796_t_cross-sections