Painted Plaque

Italic, Etruscan
Late Archaic Period or early Classical period
about 470 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 128-129.


Overall: 110 x 52 cm (43 5/16 x 20 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique


On View

Conservation on View: Etruscan Sarcophagi (Gallery 117)


The Ancient World



One of two painted Etruscan plaques (pinakes in Greek) with musicians used to cover the walls of a tomb. This one features a female lyre-player, filleted, in chiton, himation (or short stole) and sandals (tied around ankles) walking to right, on the broad band; she is holding her instrument by a cloth strap attached to her left wrist, and she strums with a plectron in right hand. A plant is at the right. No. III at bottom right. Colors: red, blue-black, and surface green on white ground.

Painted and fired. Above: fillet and ovolo, wave (left to right) bands; below: broad band broken by a maender in the form of crennelation.


By date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; May 9, 1962: purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr. for $ 25,000-.

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund