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:
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.

Credits:
(cc) 2015. Photo, text: Egisto Sani (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).
Keywords: ελληνική μυθολογία mythologia graeca greek mythology mitologia greca griechische mythologie grecque διώνυσος dionysus dioniso dionysos σάτυρος σάτυροι satyros satyroi satur saturus satyr satyrs satiro satiri satyrn satyre satyres ετρουρία ετρουσκική etruria etruscan etrusco etruskisch etruskische etruskischer etruskischen étrusque cista cist ciste γλυπτική sculptura sculpture sculptural scultura skulptur χάλκινο bronze bronzo bronzeo bronzen skin of panther pardalide pardalis ορείχαλκος cloak mantello mantel manteau μανδύα the ficoroni copper rame kupfer cuivre χαλκό amulet amuleto amulett bulle bulla φυλακτό from da von de palestrina praeneste horn for drinking wine rhytòn corno potorio per bere vino zum trinken für wein corne à boire pour le vin rhyton ῥυτόν ρυτό novios plautios novius plautius dindia macolnia handle dionysos with two satyrs cil i 561 dindia macolnia fileai dedit med romai fecid