Charun - Demon of death



Charun, based on the fresco from the Francois tomb. Note the hammer, which is used to strike the victim on the head. The last rites performed by Etruscan priests included tapping the forehead of the deceased with a small hammer. This ritual is carried on to this day in the Vatican. On the death of a pontiff, his forehead is tapped three times with a small silver hammer.