Near by Monteleone di Spoleto
, in the locality Colle del Capitano,
in 1902 was brought to light the famous ''Biga di Monteleone
a find from the Etruscan period which is exposed now at the Metropolitan
at New York
It is an exceptionally beautiful and well-built object which was found in a
tomb and dates back to about the 6th
It was completely carried out of wood and covered with thin layers of gilt
bronze, adorned with rich decorations and precious irregular ornaments. The
complexity of its workmanship shows that it was intended to have a mere
representation function, to be a representative means to accompany the deceased
At Monteleone di Spoleto they keep a copy of the Biga in the original size in
the basement of the monumental complex of San Francesco
a building from the 14th
century compound by a church and a convent.
The pictures on the body of the cart show scenes from mythology, like the image
of Thetis on the central panel, who hands over the arms to Achilles, on the
right panel Achilles and Memnon who fight over the body of Antilochus, while on
the left panel is shown Achilles rising to heaven as a demigod.
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