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Inhaltsangabe: The magnificent painted terracotta sarcophagus of the Etruscan noblewoman Seianti Hanunia Tlesnasa has for well over a century been a star exhibit at the British Museum, but it is only in relatively recent times that attention has turned to the skeleton found within, which appears to be the best preserved Etruscan skeleton now in existence. The initial aim of the research was to reconstruct the face of Seianti using the techniques of forensic medicine, in order to compare it with that of the reclining, full-sized image of the dead woman on the sarcophagus lid. This already yielded striking information about the Etruscans as the initiators of realistic portraiture - we believe this to be the first proven identifiable portrait in western art. Other avenues opened up allowing the researchers to discover fascinating facts about Seianti's health and dental problems, her lifestyle, her age at death, and an accident in her teens that had far-reaching consequences. The pathologist's findings have offered evidence for Etruscan mortuary practices hitherto unparalleled. Consideration of the silver tomb goods, the jewellery worn by Seianti and the radiocarbon dating of the bones has indicated a dating of the burial earlier in the Hellenistic period than previously accepted. The construction of the sarcophagus itself, a remarkable feat of firing, and the techniques of its decoration form the subject of other papers, while the circumstances of the find in 1876, the archaeology and evidence about the Seiante family are discussed in detail. A brief survey of the Etruscans and events contemporary with Seianti's lifetime help to set the burial in its ancient context.
About the Author: Judith Swaddling is curator of Etruscan material in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the British Museum. She organised the Museum's permanent exhibition, Italy before the Roman Empire, which opened in 1991 and has orchestrated several international conferences on Italic and Etruscan archaeology, the most recent being Etruscans Now, held at the British Museum in December 2002 and with which the publication of this book was arranged to coincide. Her publications include Italian Iron Age Artefacts in the British Museum (ed.) 1986, and Etruscan Mirrors in the British Museum (Corpus Speculorum Etruscorum, 1st British Museum fascicule, 2000). Her other specialisms are techniques of ancient metalwork, and ancient sport, whence The Ancient Olympic Games (2nd enlarged and revised edition, 1999), originally devised to coincide with a major British Museum exhibition of which she was organiser. John Prag is Keeper of Archaeology and Reader in Classics and Ancient History at the Manchester Museum in the University of Manchester. With Richard Neave he led the Manchester University team which pioneered the modern reconstruction of ancient faces, faces which include Philip II of Macedon, King Midas, and Lindow Man, found in a Cheshire bog in 1984. Together they wrote Making Faces Using Forensic and Archaeological Techniques (British Museum Press, 1997, reprinted 1999), which is at the same time the first accessible account of the technique and a textbook in several universities on both sides of the Atlantic. Dr Prag is particularly interested in the way facial reconstruction and the multidisciplinary approach that underpins it can be used to solve problems in archaeology and art history, as the Seianti project illustrates most dramatically. He has written extensively on many aspects of Greek art and archaeology, and is presently involved in projects to study ancient Greek DNA, and the chemical analysis of ancient Greek pottery. He is also directing a series of interdisciplinary projects to understand the history and landscape of Alderley Edge in Cheshire. He has curated many exhibitions for the Manchester Museum as well as the prize-winning permanent Mediterranean Gallery (opened 1993).
Titel: Seianti Hanunia Tlesnasa: The Story of an ...
Verlag: The British Museum
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