Quid Pro Quo: Etruscan Tomb Art Comes To The DMA

04 Nov 2013 7:04 AM | Anonymous

Quid Pro Quo: Etruscan Tomb Art Comes To The DMA

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L to r, bottom: Red-Figure Oinochoe, Polynices Offering a Necklace to Eriphyle; Red-Figure Oinochoe, Young Woman Running; Fibula (Safety Pin); Alabastron (Perfume Vase); Red-Figure Bell Krater, Theseus and Sinis; Red-Figure Kylix, Hero or God at a Tree. Top: Bronze Statuette of a Man. Photo courtesy of the Dallas Museum of Arts.

Last year, the Dallas Museum of Art returned ownership of six objects to Italy when evidence indicated they’d been looted years earlier. The objects included three kraters (large vases for mixing wine and water) as well as bronze shields undefined but they remain on display at the DMA as part of an ongoing partnership with Italian authorities.

And tomorrow, the DMA puts on display a set of 5th century B.C. objects from the ancient Etruscan city of Spina undefined on a long-term loan from Italy. The transfer marks the “official signing of a memorandum of understanding” about continued collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Culture, says the DMA press release. The artworks, including a 5th century B.C. silver fibula (safety pin or brooch), four Attic red-figure vases and an alabaster vessel, come from a grave in Spina discovered in 1926 undefined and this is the first time they’ve been loaned or put on display. This is all part of DMX, the museum’s cultural exchange program.



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