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
The handle of the cista lid consists of miniature figures of the Greek god of wine Dionysos flanked by satyrs. At the trio’s feet is engraved an archaic latin inscription (CIL I, 561):
DINDIA MACOLNIA FILEAI DEDIT / NOVIOS PLAUTIOS MED ROMAI FECID
stating that a local noble woman named “Dindia Macolnia gave it to her daughter / Novios Plautios made it in Rome”. Plautios’ workshop was not in Palestrina but in Rome, which by this date was becoming an important cultural as well as political center.