Smoothing the way to the hereafter with rose petals and sweet
music, wealthy Etrus- cans lay a departed relative in the family
tomb across from the remains of one who has gone on before. To
ensure that the next life is as pleasant as that on earth, the
tomb is stocked with jewels, clothing, and other pried possessions.
Re-creating the images found in the Tomb of the Blue Demons,
this rendering depicts wall paintings typical of both early and
late Etruscan tomb art.
On the left wall the bearded deceased is pictured in a procession
of friends and musicians. On the back wall he is seen with his
spouse at a joyful banquet. In stark contrast, the scene on the
right wall reflects a sinister change in the Etruscan concept
of death that is now thought to have emerged as early as the
5th century BC. On the verge of decline, they began to adopt
the Greek vision of a demon-infested underworld, approached by
crossing the River Styx with Charon, ferryman of Haydes.