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Sarcophagus of the Spouses. Detail of banqueting couch.
6th c BCE Etruscan Etruscan Sculpture

ETRUSCAN Anonymous (900 BCE - 3rd c. BCE)
530 BCE-520 BCE
6th c BCE
276.86 cm
Terracotta
Modeled
Etruscan
Sarcophagus
Ceri. Lazio. Italy.
Rome. Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia.
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The Sarcophogus of the Spouses features a couple reclining together on a banquet couch. The detail of the banqueting couch shows a thick matress that falls over the ornately molded frame and legs. Etrurian aristocracy originally dined sitting upright on chairs and thrones and some women continued to dine upright seated beside reclining husbands after dining customs shifted to a reclined position. Etruscan wives were permitted to participate as equals of their husbands during feasting and many women exerted this equality by reclining with their husbands while dining.

Caption: ETRUSCAN | Sarcophagus of the Spouses. Detail of banqueting couch. | 530 BCE-520 BCE | Etruscan | Etruscan

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