The DMA Says "Happy Halloween" With Excavated Tomb Art
The Dallas Museum of Art will display excavated items from an Etruscan tomb beginning tomorrow, November 1.
We assume it went down much like this.
The art objects were discovered in a Spina grave in 1926, but have never been publicly shown until now. There's a 5th-century B.C. silver fibula, a bronze statuette from the latter half of the same century, an alabaster vessel and four Attic red-figure vases, dating from 470 to 400 B.C. And beginning tomorrow they'll all be viewable in the Museum's second floor galleries, where the remains will remain until 2017.
The tomb-share is a product of the DMA's Cultural Exchange Program, specifically through the Italian collaboration that began last year. When our institution discovered several items in its collection had been looted prior to their Dallas arrival, the DMA publicly acknowledged the discovery and returned the goods, starting a partnership and dialogue between Dallas and Italy.
And now, we've got tomb art. So everyone's happy.