Symbols of Wealth and Power: Architectural Terracotta Decoration in Etruria and Central Italy, 640-510 B.C.

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Although initially intended for the innovative, if prosaic, purpose of providing waterproof and fireproof cover for earlier thatch-roofed homes, fired clay tiles, in seventh- and sixth-century Etruria and Central Italy, combined with Etruscan love of adornment to create exceptional domestic and religious building decoration. Featuring statues and figured friezes of humans, animals, and mythological figures intended to convey the status of the owner or dedicator, the surviving terracotta roofs provide important ...

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Overview

Although initially intended for the innovative, if prosaic, purpose of providing waterproof and fireproof cover for earlier thatch-roofed homes, fired clay tiles, in seventh- and sixth-century Etruria and Central Italy, combined with Etruscan love of adornment to create exceptional domestic and religious building decoration. Featuring statues and figured friezes of humans, animals, and mythological figures intended to convey the status of the owner or dedicator, the surviving terracotta roofs provide important insights into the architectural history of Etruria. With Symbols of Wealth and Power, Nancy A. Winter has provided a definitive overview of the evidence for these roofing elements that will enhance our knowledge of Etruscan---and more broadly, ancient---architecture.

Nancy A. Winter is an archaeologist and former librarian of the American School of Classical Studies, Athens. She is the author of Greek Architectural Terracottas: From the Prehistoric to the End of the Archaic Period (1993).

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Jacket illustration: Tuscania, Ara del Tufo, 560–550 B.C.

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1 Undecorated or modestly decorated roofs, 650-530 B.C. 7

2 Decorated roofs of the late Orienatalizing period, 640/630-580 B.C., and their lingering influence to ca. 560 B.C. 49

3 The Rome-Campania-northern Etruria decorative system, 590-575 B.C. 143

4 Decorative system using primarily military scenes, 580-540 B.C. 223

5 Veii-Rome-Velletri decorative system, 530 B.C., its antecedents, successors, and imitators 311

6 Caere : the painted decorative system, 540-510 B.C. 395

7 Tarquinia-Veii floral decorative system in Ionicizing style, 550-510 B.C. 495

8 Manufacturing techniques and evidence for workshops 505

9 Topographical synthesis 539

Conclusions 567

Museum index 583

Index of names 629

Subject index 638

Plans 651

Color roof reconstruction drawings 671

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