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Collections / Ricerca / Etruscan Collection: Villanovan phase (900-680 B.C.)

Female's grave goods

The tomb comprised a simple trench where the biconical ossuary, with upturned bowl, containing the ashes of the deceased, was placed alongside grave goods.

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In this tomb, as in general for all ancient burials, the goods include just a few objects that identify the gender of the deceased.
This bronze chain fibula is part of the deceased’s personal ornaments. There is also a pottery whorl, the small weight fitted to the bottom of the wooden spindle to keep its rotation steady. The spindle whorl is a clear reference to some of the main domestic activities undertaken by the women of the house – spinning and weaving – and was the quintessential item of a female tomb.


Provenance: Bologna, San Vitale necropolis, tomb 107
Datation: 900–820 BC
Inventory #: 10236, 10237, 10238

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