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Architectural Relief Depicting the Gigantomachy (Battle Between Gods and Giants)

A work made of terracotta, pigment.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, pigment.


3rd-2nd century BCE



About this artwork

As the name suggests, the Gigantomachy was the struggle between and the Giants and the Olympian gods, who were led by Zeus. In flowing robes, a god and goddess capture a Giant, depicted with wings and serpent-like features, to deliver the final blow in this epic battle. These three animated figures were probably once part of a series of ornamental covers called antefixes, which were placed along the lowest row of roof tiles on a small building, probably a temple. Etruscans often decorated their buildings with brightly colored sculptural compositions based on Greek mythology.


On View, Gallery 151


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Etruscan


Architectural Relief Depicting the Gigantomachy (Battle Between Gods and Giants)


Etruria (Object made in)

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300 BCE–101 BCE


terracotta, pigment


45.8 × 46 × 21.9 cm (18 1/16 × 18 1/8 × 8 5/8 in.)

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Katherine K. Adler Memorial Fund

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