Chase describes three tripods found in Etruscan tombs and discusses the extent to which they represent Etruscan adoption of Greek tripod-offering customs.
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The tripod is one of the earliest and most distinct forms of Greek art. Used as offerings at temples and rewards in games, these items were decorative rather than functional cauldron-stands and are found at sites throughout the sphere of Greek influence. This particular paper is concerned with a set of three found in Etruscan tombs and whether they represent Ionic imports to Etruria or native Etruscan imitations of native Greek art. The Etruscans were fond of Greek items but were not themselves Greek, making the question of how and why they incorporated the Greek tripod into their culture one of great interest. These objects show that such items were in the possession of Etruscans, and hint at Etruscan adoption of the Greek decorative tripod in some context.