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Pinax fragments depicting a naked man and a black hand

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek


Fragmented pinax depicting two individuals – a naked young man and an second unidentified indivdual, where only an outreaching hand is preserved. The upper edge of the pinax is decorated with a band of red lozenges with a black dot in the centre of each. Furthermore, three parallel bands in red, white and black are also rendered.

Description of object

To the right, a naked young man is rendered standing in profile. He is bending slightly forward, looking down and reaching out towards the hand of the second individual standing in front of him. His left leg is flexed, while his right leg is extended. His left arm is resting down the side. Around the left upper arm, he is wearing a jewellery piece with three pendants attached to it. The hand belonging to the other individual, presumably standing in front of him, is holding a long, yellow chain.

Choice of methods

Visual examination

  • Macroscopic
  • Microscopic in situ

Technical imaging

  • UV
  • VIL


  • Cross section
  • Scrapings for FT-IR
  • FT-IR
  • GC-MS

Visual examination

Horizontal bands painted in black framing a band of red lozenges with black dots rendered in the centre. The outline of the naked young is panited in dark brown and his skin is painted in light brown.


M. Cristofani (1986), Nuovi dati per la storia urbana di Caere, BdA, 35-36, 23, no. 27a.

B. D’Agostino (1991), Dal palazzo alla tomba. Percorsi della imagerie Etrusca arcaica, ArCI 43.1, 231-233, fig. 1-2.

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 F.G. Guidi, V. Bellelli, G. Trojsi (eds.) Il guerriero de Ceri, Roma, 16, no. 7.

J. Christiansen & N. A. Winter (2010), Etruria I . Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, cat. no. 78, 175, 177.

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 794
  • Architectural element
  • C. 490 B.C.E.
  • Etruscan
  • Terracotta
  • Acquired in 1977.
  • Fragments of human figures: H. 38 cm.; W. 36 cm.; D. 2.8-3 cm.

Selected photos

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