Photographer's Note

Hypogeum of the Volumni
It is accessed via a steep staircase between two walls cut into the Perugian tile (conglomerate of river deposits): on the right travertine jamb runs the foundation inscription "Arnth and Larth Velimna, sons of Arznea had this tomb built". The tomb belonging to the rich Velimna-lblumni family, reproduces the canonical plan of a Roman house and its architectural structure, divided into ten rooms. Dug out of the natural ground, it has access from a long staircase, arranged in the modern age. The door is made up of architrave, jambs and closing slab in travertine: on the right jamb the vertical inscription in Etruscan runs on three lines, relating to the construction of the tomb. Beyond the door there is a rectangular atrium with the ceiling imitating the double sloping wooden roof, with a central columen and orthogonal beams, onto which two rooms, cubicle, on each side open up; in the background the lablìnum, and two aloes ending in two rooms, with ceilings decorated with geometric coffers with Gorgonic, demonic and human protomes. The Velimna had probably dug their enormous sepulcher (10 rooms) with the idea that it could serve many generations: in reality only a few members - due to historical circumstances still subject to controversial studies - have found rest there, all in the largest cell, the tablinium. On the left, the urn of her daughter Velia Velimna, seated on a throne. Next to this, the marble urn by Publio Volumnio, already Roman in the 1st century AD. with naturalistic depictions of a paradise garden and with the Latin inscription that gave the name Volumni to the Hypogeum.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 19881 W: 130 N: 42039] (221627)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2021-11-19
  • Exposure: f/0.1, 30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2021-11-19 10:35
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Additional Photos by Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 19881 W: 130 N: 42039] (221627)
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