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

A work made of terra-cotta, pigment.
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  • A work made of terra-cotta, pigment.

Date:

3rd/2nd century BC

Artist:

Etruscan

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.

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Artist

Ancient Etruscan

Title

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

Origin

Etruria

Date

300 BC–101 BC

Medium

Terra-cotta, pigment

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Katherine K. Adler Memorial Fund

Reference Number

1984.2

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