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Frontone di Talomone
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Frontone di Talamone

Terracotta fragments of bas-relief carvings from an Etruscan temple

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Firenze
Via Gino Capponi, 2, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy
The pediment is made up of terracotta fragments of bas-relief carvings which depict the myth of "Sette in Tebe". The fragments were found at the end of the nineteenth century on the Talamonaccio hillside which sits on the eastern edge of the Talamone bay. They come from a fourth century BC Etruscan temple destroyed by a fire around the year 100 BC.

These terracotta pieces were restored, put back together and originally displayed in the topographical section of Florence’s Archaeological Museum. After the Great Flood of 1966, the façade had to undergo further restoration work and more fragments which had been recently unearthed on the Talamonaccio hill were added. The restored façade was put back on display in Florence in 1982 and was then brought back to its home in Orbetello's town. However currently, after having been hosted in several temporary exhibition around the world, the Frontone is housed at Florence's National Archaeological Museum. Unfortunately it's only possible to see it with a special permission.

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