Pitcher or jug

Italic, Etruscan
Classical Period
about 450–400 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 517; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 125 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 19.5 cm (7 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

08.540

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

A substantial section of the body has been crudely restored in plaster. There are a number of fragments set in this plaster. The handle belongs, a fact evidenced by the rivet on the inside, at the lip. The handle is fashioned with lotus stem molding and terminates at the base in an archaic Gorgomask on a circular disc. The mask has protruding tongue and rosette earrings. It is the type of elegant but distorted Campanian or South Etruscan creation after Greek models that leads in later years to the designs on Etruscan coins. Crusty green patina with much plaster restoration.

Provenance

By date unknown: Alfred Greenough Collection, no.197

Credit Line

Bequest from Charles H. Parker