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Pinax fragment depicting a male figure from waist to ankle

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek


The pinax depicts a male figure, however, only the legs are preserved.

Description of object

The narrow pinax shows a male figure, however, only the legs are preserved. He is wearing boots and garment of a thin type of fabric. Behind his left thigh, a shield is slightly visible. To the right a indefinable object is visible (part of his arm?). At either edge are two vertical red bands. The shape of the pinax might suggest that it functioned as a revetment plague at one side of an opening, for example a door or a window.

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 black and brown on a cream white slip.


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, 190, cat. no. 85.

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 799
  • Architectural element
  • 500-480 B.C.E.
  • Etruscan
  • Terracotta
  • Acquired in 1977.
  • H. 17 cm.; W. 19.5 cm.; D. 2.6/2.7 cm.

Selected photos

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  • Hin799_vil_t
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