Models of Urn-houses

  • 5th - 2nd century B.C.
  • Gold
Catalogue Entry

5th‐2nd century B.C.
(a)H. 2.0 cm, W. 2.4 cm(b)H. 1.9 cm, W. 2.8 cm
cH. 0.8 cm, W. 0.7 cm
Gold sheets have been folded into rectangular house shapes, with one side fitted with a rectangular hole that symbolizes a door. Figure a has four legs attached, while Figure c has both roof and floor attached. The roof is decorated with linear decorations which are thought to represent thatched reeds. These are all thought to be miniature house-shaped ossuary urns.