The Stele of the swords and the others. Orientalize Sculptures in the Etruria of the Po Valley.
Curated by Marinella Marchesi and Paola Poli
15 October 2016 / 11 June 2017, MUV – Museum of the villanoviana civilisation (Villanova di Castenaso – BO)
Web site of the exhibition
Ticket: Free admission
Sponsorized by: Castenaso city, MUV Museum of the villanoviana civilisation, Museums of Bologna-Civic Archaeological Museum, The Archeaological Superintendence, belle arti e paesaggio per la città metropolitana di Bologna and Modena, Reggio Emilia e Ferrara provinces, IBC Istituto per i beni artistici, culturali e naturali della Regione Emilia-Romagna, Centronova e Coop Alleanza 3.0.
When: From Saturday 15th of October 2016 (inauguration time 16.30) to the 11st of June 2017
Exhibition and Museum opening time: Tuesday and Sunday 15.30-18.30/ from Wednesday to Saturday 9-13
Info: contact Paola Poli, Archaeological curator of MUV tel. 051-780021
Web Site: www.comune.castenaso.bo.it
The Gozzadini room of the MUV hosts the exhibition “La Stele delle Spade e le altre“, which focuses on the first examples of oriental age sculptures produced in the Etruria of the Po Valley from the end of the VII century B.C. to the first decades of the VI century B.C.
It consists of boundary stones and finely engraved stele that were found in the excavations of Bologna.
Together with the so-called “Stele delle Spade- Stele of the swords”, discovered during the excavation of the sepulchre of Marano of Castenaso, there is also the stele of S. Giovanni in Persiceto and the stele of Saletto di Bentivoglio, important examples of anthropomorphic stele characterized by the typical rectangular shape with a plate above to recall human shape. The decorations of these stele have the theme such as the sphinx, the tree of life, and the lord of animals which are directly influenced by the connections with artists of the Near East.
It’s no coincidence that the stele, which has been chosen as testimonial of the exhibition (the one discovered in Saletto of Bentivoglio in the area of San Giorgio di Piano, dated at the VII century B.C.), is decorated on the plate by a sphinx, and on the body by rampant goats at the sides of the tree of life, a theme frequently used in the region of Bologna, probably due to their symbolic meaning related to the idea of birth.
The rarity of these stele compared to the great number of tombs known, often covered by simple sandstone pebble, led the scholars to think that they could be funeral signs reserved to people of high status. This may be confirmed by the positions of the stele founded in the original location.
The exhibition organized at the MUV is a unmissable opportunity to admire the materials usually preserved at the Archaeological Civic Museum of Bologna.