Hidden Futures: Death and Immortality in Ancient Egypt, Anatolia, the Classical, Biblical and Arabic-Islamic World

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Iron Age Cinerary Urns From Latium in the Shape of a Hut: Indicators of Status?

Marijke Gnade

A few years ago the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam acquired an Iron Age cinerary urn in the shape of a hut (Figs. 1-4).1 The huturn is handmade of impurified clay, so-called impasto, and varies in color from light-brown to dark-brown with greyish-black patches. Its shape is simple.2 It has a rectangular base with slightly convex sides, flaring walls and a roof with four slanting sides. The headbeams of the construction have been emphasized by ridges; these end on both sides of the ridgepole in moon-shaped elements. The entrance to the hut is formed by a quadrangular opening in the centre of the frontside which can be closed from the outside by means of a bronze bar. This bar could be stuck through perforated protuberances placed in the centre and on both sides of a quadrangular-shaped door.

Fig. 1Impasto huturn, APM 12.000
Fig. 2Impasto huturn, frontside APM 12.000
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Inv. no. APM 12.000. The urn was acquired in March 1990 from a Swiss dealer in ancient art. The photographs of the huturn (Figs. 1-3) have been made by M. Bootsman; G. Strietman made the drawings (Fig. 4).
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Base 20.5 × 18.5 cm, max. H. 30.0 cm; max. L. 26.2 cm; max. W. 23.0. Base intact, walls and roof have been broken into many fragments; restored.

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