From the Grumaggio tomb – Poggio alla Malva
A large cratere with columns decorated with painted red figures depicting scenes that come form the Dionisiac world.
The decorations presumably allude to the scenes of initiation of to the Cult of Dionisio of a girl (who may be identifiable as the deceased) and is datable in the IV century B.C., when the Dionysus cult were introduced from Greece and became common practice throughout Etruria. The vase originally designed for the preparation of wine, was used as a burial urn. It is part of a splendid service that was composed of bronze vases in excellent condition: a situla, olpe, pan and a sieve as well as three small ladles. Attributed to a maestro that probably came form Chiusi, who moved and worked in a workshop in Volterra between 340 and 330/320 B.C. and attests to the continuity of the relationship (which was already documented in the end of the VIII beginning of the VII centuries B.C. by the Tomb of the Warrior in Prato Rosello)between the area of Volterra and that of Artimino and allows us to place the latter in a commercial and cultural route that connected the Etrurian mines to the Mid- Valdarno and continued past the Appennine mountains to reach the Padani city centers.
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