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September 14, 2004

Seianti Hanunia Tlesnasa

British archeologist, John Prag believes the funerary sculpture of Seianti Hanunia Tlesnasa is "the first portrait of a known and named individual to be identified anywhere in Western art."

According to Prag, the re-creation of Seianti's life and looks solves a mystery that has long baffled archeologists and art historians: when and where in the ancient world did people make the psychological and artistic step from the general to the specific in the depiction of individual people.

In Prag's view, the when is about the 6th century BC and the where is Etruscan Italy.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 14, 2004 06:07 AM

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