Sarcophagus lid

Italic, Etruscan
Late Etruscan (Hellenistic) Period
2nd or 1st century B.C.

Findspot: Italy, territory of Viterbo, necropolis of Musarna (Civita)

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 386.


Height x width x length: 63 x 58 x 210 cm (24 13/16 x 22 13/16 x 82 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Volcanic stone (peperino or tufa)

On View

Conservation on View: Etruscan Sarcophagi (Gallery 117)


The Ancient World


Coffins and sarcophagi

The body of the sarcophagus has been broken into a number of sections requiring extensive repairs. Given the pitted and patinated qualities of the stone, the lid is in relatively excellent condition.

A man in an ample himation reclines on a pillow, a libation dish in his right hand. He resembles the famous obesus etruscus so popular in the last two centuries of Etruscan art, but he is in fact relatively slender, with an elongated body and a distorted chest. Much paint remains. Body, arm, hands, and dish have been colored brown, while the hair is a strong red and the cap with its rolled brim is a distinct yellow.


From the necropolis of (Cività) Musarna in the territory of Viterbo, on the bank of the River Leia, now part of the estate of Signor Alarico Piatti; gift of the American Exploration Society to MFA, December 1900

Credit Line

Gift of the American Exploration Society