Bucchero pitcher (trefoil oinochoe)

Italic, Etruscan
Archaic Period
about 550 B.C.


Height: 53 cm (20 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Bucchero ware

Not On View


The Ancient World



The body of this wheel-made vase is decorated with rows of double-lobed droplets in relief. A female head with long hair adorns the top of the handle, and at the two sides of the rim are monkey heads.
The shape of the vase has Greek associations; the trefoil oinochoe was a pitcher used for pouring wine. Scholars have often remarked that many bucchero vases have prototypes in metalwork. Certain details of the shape, such as the figural roundels where the handle joins the rim, are clearly derived from bronze and silver pitchers. The sheen of the surface may have been intended to recall more valuable metal vessels.


By 1968: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., November 13, 1968

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund