Daunian funerary statue

55.7 × 35 × 8.3 cm
second half of the 6th century B.C.
Production place
Szilágyi, J. Gy., Antik Gyűjtemény, 94–95; Szilágyi, J. Gy., Ancient Art, 106–107

This funerary statue represents the most significant genre of Daunian art. Only a fragment survives – the rectangular tombstone that symbolises the body was originally complemented by a plastically modelled head. The main side displays the figure of the deceased with incised details of clothing such as the long, triangular ornaments suspended from the belt. The other sides of the monument are also decorated; the back shows a duel. The lower, plain part of the tombstone was lowered into the ground.
Similar monuments were created between 650 and 500 BC to mark the graves of people of high standing. 

Material analyses conducted by Danielle Decrouez (Geneva, Museum of Natural History) and Karl Ramseyer (University of Bern, Institute of Geological Sciences) have shown that the funerary statue was made of Puglian limestone. Click here for the detailed results.