Saturday, October 25, 2008

Etruscan Chariot at the Met

Buried with its owner in the 6th century BCE, this chariot is now one of the star attractions of the Met's Greek and Roman galleries. We love the hammered details, which depict events in the life of Achilles, along with various animals both mythic and real. Despite its importance, the chariot is often overlooked, perched as it is on a balcony above the main floor of the galleries. But that makes it all the more appealing for us, since the absence of crowds lets us spend more time in the company of a vanished culture.

1 comment:

Stefan Gunther said...

Interesting sidebar on the chariot--it's been invloved in cultural patrimony discussions of late:

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