Sunday, October 09, 2022


Scary Mask

Mask of Charun, in Museo Etrusco "Claudio Faina", Orvieto, inv. no. 380:
Massimo Pallottino, The Etruscans, rev. ed., tr. J. Cremona (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975), p. 283 (note on his Plate 45):
Terracotta daemon's mask from Orvieto: Giglioli, CCLVIII, 1; ACE No. 325. The mask is hollow at the back, and could thus be hung on the wall of a tomb, or on the side of a sarcophagus. The face is identified with that of the daemon Charun, the Etruscan version of the Charon of Greek mythology. The representation (cf. Virgil's description, Aeneid VI, 298-301) should be dated to the fourth century [BC].

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