The Ficoroni Cista
Bronze.
Ca. 340—330 BCE.
Made by Novios Plautios.
Rome, National Etruscan Museum of Villa JuliaPhoto by Egisto Sani

The Ficoroni Cista.

Bronze.
Ca. 340—330 BCE.
Made by Novios Plautios.

Rome, National Etruscan Museum of Villa Julia

Palestrina (Praeneste).
Origin:
From Palestrina.
Description:
As for Jason, he is most likely to be recognized in the prominent figure to the left of the main group who leans on his raised left leg and wears a pointed cap or helmet. He is the only figure differentiated in this fashion, and the fact that he wears the familiar cap so often seen on Odysseus, again suggests his role as captain of the ship.

The dreamy youth seated in the upper left corner of the scene is not a mountain god, as his elevated position has induced many to think, but the seer Mopsos, from whose hand the priestly fillets flutter.

The remainder of Pindar’s Argonauts, the sons of Poseidon (Euphemos and Periklymenos), Hermes (Echion and Erytos), and Boreas cannot be identified with any reasonable degree of certainty.

Anyway, given the importance of Euphemos, especially in Pindar’s account, one might suggest that he is the hero represented on such close terms with Jason, and that his brother, Periklymenos, stands directly behind the leader.

Credits:
(cc) 2015. Photo: Egisto Sani (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).
© 1945. Description: Williams P. L., “Note on the Interpretation of the Ficoroni Cista”, American Journal of Archaeology, vol. 49, no. 3, pp. 348—352.
Keywords: ελληνική μυθολογία mythologia graeca greek mythology mitologia greca griechische mythologie grecque ετρουρία ετρουσκική etruria etruscan etrusco etruskisch etruskische etruskischer etruskischen étrusque ἰάσων ιάσονας ιάσων jason iason giasone giasóne ἀργοναῦται αργοναύτες argonautai argonautes argonautae argonauts argonauti argonautensage argonauten cista cist ciste προφήτης μόψος mopsos mopsus seer profeta mopso seher voyant περικλύμενος periklymenos periclymenus periclimeno εὔφημος εύφημος euphemus euphemos eufemo euphémos corona wreath kranz couronne cassis helmet elmo helm casque περικεφαλαία κράνος bronze bronzo ορείχαλκος hasta spear lancia speer lance δόρυ torquis necklace collana halskette collier κολιέ the ficoroni copper rame kupfer cuivre χαλκό palestrina praeneste from da von de spearhead punta di speerspitze fer αιχμή δόρατος aqua water acqua wasser eau νερό amphora amphore anfora ἀμφορεύς αμφορέας pilos pileo πῖλος flos flores flower flowers fiore fiori blume blumen fleur fleurs λουλούδι λουλούδια belt cintura cingolo gurt gürtel ceinture ζώνη novios plautios novius plautius dindia macolnia