Ipogeo dei Cristallini of Napoli


The Mann hypogeum

National Archaeological Museum of Naples

Numerous artifacts, found in the Ipogeo dei Cristallini, were loaned by the Martuscelli family to the MANN – National Archaeological Museum of Naples.

The MANN is considered one of the most important and ancient archaeological museums in the world, due to the richness and uniqueness of its heritage and its contribution to the European cultural panorama. The Museum, impressive in architecture and collections, is a fundamental step to immerse yourself in the world of antiquity.

The finds from the Ipogeo dei Cristallini are housed in the “Ancient Naples” section of the Museum, which is currently being refurbished. The exhibition area houses an entire room dedicated to chamber tombs from the Hellenistic era.

Accompanied by the evocative photographic images of Mimmo Jodice, which show the rooms of the Hypogeum and its artistic wonders, we find the ceramic kits that, in the long phase of use of funerary monuments, between the second half of the fourth century BC. and in the 1st century AD, the owners of the tombs wanted to place next to their loved ones: the terracotta statuettes, fruits and eggs that were placed in the tombs as votive gifts; the marble and terracotta reliefs representing farewell scenes.

In the Greek world the grave goods consisted of objects dear to the deceased or placed as offerings; in the various eras are attested artifacts with specific funerary, magical or ritual value, vases intended to contain ointments, figurines of mourners, coins as a donation to Charon. The composition and richness of the grave goods testify to the differences in social class, sex and age of the deceased.

Most of the archaeological finds, present in the “Ancient Naples” section of the MANN come from the sepulchral complex in via dei Cristallini. This room represents the important and strong link of the Ipogeo dei Cristallini with the city of Naples and its uniqueness.

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