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Performing the Prothesis: Gender, Gesture, Ritual and Role on the Chiusine Reliefs from Archaic Etruria

Laurel Taylor
Published Online: 2014-05-07 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/etst-2014-0007

Abstract

In this article, prothesis imagery on relief monuments from Archaic Chiusi is examined. The lying in state of the corpse, a scene initially adopted from Attic models in the Archaic period, appears frequently among the Chiusine corpus. Unlike Attic prothesis imagery, the prothesis scene at Chiusi shows significant variation in gender roles, gestures, and notions of pollution. Additionally, the frequent inclusion of children within the reliefs may reflect a high degree of social visibility and participation among all age groups in the mourning ritual in Etruria.

Keywords: Chiusi; relief sculpture; prothesis; funerary imagery; Archaic Etruria; children

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Published Online: 2014-05-07

Published in Print: 2014-05-31


Citation Information: Etruscan Studies, Volume 17, Issue 1, Pages 1–27, ISSN (Online) 2163-8217, ISSN (Print) 1080-1960, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/etst-2014-0007.

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