Lapidaire museum






Chapels on the rightligne

 ml-s1 Chapels on the right display the collections of Gallo-Roman sculptures. These displays will be renovated in the near future. The "Tarasque de Noves", inv. N 51 in the first chapel on the right is unique. It depicts a man-eating monster, ml-s1band symbolises the destructive power of death and its role as a passage to another life.   This funerary sculpture dates from a period between 50 BC and the first years of the first century AD.  The three other chapels on the right show varied sculptures, including private and public portraits. In the third chapel on the right, see the magnificent portrait of Tiberius, inv. E 42 and the bust of Julia Domna, inv. G 151. The last chapel displays Roman antiquities - urns, fragments of sarcophagi, sculptures in the round and a monumental statue of a priestess, inv. 23686. The terra-cotta Campana plates will soon be displayed here.



The sacristy on the right ligne




The sacristy displays several fragments of Paleo-Christian sarcophagi, some of which were found at the abbey of Saint-Ruf outside of the walls in Avignon. See the sculpted altar found in Vaugines, inv. 16274 and a basin for ablutions, inv. 21838.



The choir ligne





The choir currently displays a series of Etruscan urns made of terra cotta, tufa and alabaster. As of 2012-2013, this work will be displayed in the second chapel on the left which is currently closed to the public. Once renovated, the chapel will display all the Etruscan antiquities in an entirely new layout.




The nave ligne




The right side of the nave currently displays the Egyptian antiquities. This collection will move to the beautiful wood-panelled room in the Calvet museum in 2011. The statues of the Vachères warrior, inv. G 136c, the Mondragon warrior, inv. G 137, and the Cabrières d'Aygues towing scene, inv. 16273, currently displayed in the left chapels, will later join the Gallo-Roman antiquities in new displays.



Chapels on the left ligne


The first two chapels are currently closed. The second chapel will soon hold the collection of Etruscan works. 




Attic funerary, votive and honorary reliefs
The three following chapels and the sacristy are entirely reserved for the Greek collections. The first shows Attic funerary, votive and honorary reliefs including the famous stele of the young woman with a doll, inv. E 31, and Attic vases.

Funerary steles from the Cyclades and eastern Greece

The second displays the funerary steles from the Cyclades and eastern Greece, including the touching stele showing a shipwrecked man, inv. E 13 and Corinthian vases.

Sculptures in the round
The third displays sculptures in the round, such as the beautiful statue of a draped woman, inv. G 135, an original from the Hellenistic period, and the Sauroctone Apollo, inv. E 37, a good copy from the imperial period, after a work by Praxiteles, brought from Melos. Be sure to see the beautiful classic Attic votive relief devoted to a hero standing by his horse, given by the Granet museum in Aix-en- Provence.
The sacristy
The sacristy displays a set of funerary reliefs on the banquet theme, and steles representing funerary busts from Phrygia, Syria and northern Greece. There are two display cases with Italiote black- glazed vases and Apulian red-figure vases (from southern Italy).
The Calvet Foundation made two magnificent recent acquisitions: an Apulian rhyton attributed to the Copenhagen group (a dog-head drinking cup), inv. 2002.2, and an Apulian thymiaterion (incense- burner) attributed to the Peintre du Casque, a beautiful piece that is extremely rare in public collections.


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