The sarcophagus, made of fired clay, was discovered in 1881 in 400 fragments in the Banditaccia necropolis in Cerveteri. A single comparable piece is known, which is now on display at the Louvre.
The quality of the details is such that we can observe numerous aspects of the clothing and manners of the symposiasts. In particular, we may note the woman’s headdress, the characteristic Etruscan tutulus, and her shoes, the so-called calcei repandi, a type of footwear with a pointed toe bent upwards, clearly reflecting eastern fashion trends.
The artist’s ability to conquer space is extraordinary, particularly the way in which he extends the gestures of the spouses into the viewers’ space. The tender embrace of the spouses is so moving that it hardly requires explanation in order to arouse the emotions.