The Tomb of the Shields and Chairs, Caere

THE TOMB OF THE SHIELDS AND CHAIRS, CERVETERI

520 - 500 BCE

Located in the rear section of the same tumulus as the tomb of the Painted Lions, and the Tomb of the clay, the tomb of the Shields and chairs has a short dromos, with external lateral cells. Three chambers lead off from an entrance chamber which is encircled with beds carved in the walls, and decorated with shields in relief.

On the entry wall there are three sets of windows and doors leading to each of the chambers, and surrounded by a Doric order frame. At each side of the central door is carved two chairs of semicircular shape, similar in shape to ivory thrones used in later years by the Romans.

The beds are carved in detail from the tufa, with the typical semi- circular heads for male occupants, and triangular heads for the female occupants.


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