Key to Umbria: Perugia

This room contains the objects described below, which come from the region around Perugia, as well as a large collection of grave goods from the Necropoles of Perugia.

Iron Age sword (ca. 8th century BC)

This magnificent weapon was found in 1926 at Fontivegge (near the railway station of Perugia).

Stele from Monte Gualandro (ca. 600 BC)

This huge sandstone funerary stele from Tuoro sul Trasimeno is carved with a relief of two warriors in combat that possibly represents an aspect of the funerary games held in honour of the deceased.  The warriors appear to be naked behind their circular shields, and each is armed with a sword and a dagger.

This stele is related to another (late 7th century) from the Etruscan city of Vetulonia that is now in the Museo Archeologico Isidoro Falchi.  This second stele depicts a single warrior , similarly naked behind a circular shield but armed with a double-headed axe and wearing a Greek helmet.  It contains one of the earliest surviving Etruscan funerary inscriptions, which identifies the deceased as Avele Feluske, son of Tusnute and [...]panalas.  It also identifies the donor as "hirumina phersnalas", which might mean Hirumina of Perugia. 

These stele are also discussed in the page on Early Etruscan Inscriptions.

Architectural Terracottas  (6th -1st centuries BC)

The following are exhibited in showcase 15

Antefix of a Maenad 6th century BC)

This lovely antefix, which is of unknown provenance, presumably came from a temple in or near Perugia.

Antefix of Silenus (4th century BC)

This terracotta antefix was discovered in the 19th century in an area named for the Tiro a Segno (shooting club) at 28 Borgo XX Giugno, which would have been between the Etruscan city and the Frontone necropolis (see Walk IV).

Finds from Viale Indipendenza (ca. 100 BC)


These exhibits, a tile with the relief of a marine monster and two antefixes of maenads (illustrated here), suggest the presence of a temple in Viale Indipendenza (ex Viale Carlo Alberto).

Statue of a God (ca. 100 BC)

This terracotta figure, which was found in 1773 at Compresso (some 12 km north west of Perugia), represents the seated figure of a young god wearing an animal skin.  It bears the potter’s signature: C[aius] Rufius s[igillarius] finxit.

Return to the page on exhibits in this room from the Necropoles of Perusia.

Leave the room by the opening on the left at the far end, into the parallel room, which I have designated as Etruscan and Roman Perugia II.

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