Updated virtual reconstruction of the Regolini-Galassi tomb

20 Jul

Here is an updated visualisation of the antechamber of the RG tomb, in which we have implemented the most recent conclusions.  Not all important objects do have a place yet, for example the wooden situla with silver decoration could be hanging in the window, but we want to do some research first before implementing this.

tombe with dummies 180711_1

3D visualisation of the RG tomb (Daniel Pletinckx)

We have put the statues of the mourners around the bed and around the cinerary urn. But maybe we should not place them between the bed and the urn, as these mourners would turn their back on the urn.  This could be a possible explanation why all drawings only show mourners on the left side of the bed (see detail of the plan of the tomb below).  Does anybody has more information on the placing of Etruscan mourner images ?

tombe with dummies 180711_5

3D visualisation of the antechamber of the RG tomb (Daniel Pletinckx)

Tomba R-G da Canina_detail

Detail of the map of the RG tomb by Canina (1846)

We need to place more objects in the left niche next to the urn such as the biga, two iron fire-dogs, … But we still wander what the rectangular structures in this niche are (see detail of the plan by Grifi below)

tomb with dummies 180711_8

3D visualisation of the left niche with the cinerary urn of the prince (Daniel Pletinckx)

Regolini-Galassi da Grifi 1836_detail_left_niche

Detail of the plan of the RG tomb by Grifi (1836)

We’re still working on the visualisation of the cella.  Will come soon.

This blog is part of the Etruscanning project, that is been funded with support from the European Commission. This blog reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


4 Responses to “Updated virtual reconstruction of the Regolini-Galassi tomb”

  1. Niels Steensma July 22, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    I believe ceramic representations of mourners resembling the figurines from the Regolini Galassi Tomb have been found in the Poggio Gallinaro tumulus at Tarquinia (7th century BCE).

    Further, such figurines are well known from several Clusine cinerary urns, including the so-called “Gualandi” and “Paolozzi” vases (2nd half of the 7th century BCE. See: http://www.canino.info/inserti/monografie/etruschi/etruschi_toscana/chiusi/cinerario_475.jpg). These figurines – i.e. the mourners – always surround the image of the deceased. Cfr. H. Damgaard Andersen, 1993. “The Etruscan ancestral cult”. Analecta Romana Instituti Danici 21, pp. 32-44.

    Good luck,
    Niels Steensma

    • danielpletinckx August 8, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

      Many thanks for your valuable input, Niels ! Feel free to continue to give feedback and input, we appreciate this very much!


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