Relief with the sacrifice of a ram

Italic, Etruscan
Hellenistic Period
4th–3rd century B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Etruria


Height: 21.5 cm (8 7/16 in.); width: 19.6 cm (7 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Sacrificant (? Artemis) stands at the right; her right hand holds a patera on the head of a ram (?). At the left a draped figure playing the double flute. An altar and a tree with large round fruits occupy the center. The back is unworked. Round vent hole near center. grayish clay. Said to be from Cerveteri.


December, 1885, discovered by Don Mariano Lazzari at Cerveteri, Italy and sold, through Pietro Pennelli, to Rodolfo Lanciani (b. 1845 – d. 1929), Rome; 1888, sold by Lanciani to the MFA for $491.89 [purchase price for MFA accession nos. 88.345 – 88.530]. (Accession Date: January 1, 1888)

NOTE: See Helen Nagy, "Etruscan Votive Terracottas from Cerveteri in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: A Glimpse into the History of the Collection," Etruscan Studies 11 (2008), pp. 101-119.

Credit Line

Everett Fund