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

Catalogue Raisonné

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


Overall: 112.5 x 52 cm (44 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) at the MFA used to cover the walls of a tomb; this one depicts a male double-pipe player, wreathed in chiton, heavy himation walks to right, on the broad band; he is holding up and playing on the pipes. 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.


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