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Flautista, pintura etrusca | by Sebastià Giralt
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Flautista, pintura etrusca

Etruscan terracotta plaque, about 470 B.C., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


One of two painted Etruscan plaques (pinakes in Greek) at the MFA used to cover the walls of a tomb; this one depicts a male double-flute player, wreathed in chiton, heavy himation walks to right, on the broad band; he is holding up and playing on the flutes. Thin reed-like plant at right.


Painted and fired. Above: fillet and ovolo, wave (left to right) bands; below broad band broken by a maeander in the form of crennelation. No. II at bottom left. Colors: red, blue-black, brown and (surface) green on white ground.



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Taken on September 27, 2008