Jug in form of a bird

Italic, Etruscan
Orientalizing Period
7th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 624.


Height x length: 8.6 x 8 cm (3 3/8 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Bucchero

Not On View


The Ancient World



Vase in the shape of a plump bird. The mouth of the vase is the top of the bird’s head. There is a hole on one side of the mouth’s lip. A small perforated knob is on the bird’s back. Each wing has an incised drawing of a bird. Feathers are incised on the breast and wings. On the breast is an Etruscan inscription.


Said to have been found near Corneto and to have been in the possession of the Marchese Carlo Strozzi; by date unknown: W. J. Stillman Collection; gift of W. J. Stillman to MFA, November 20, 1880

Credit Line

Gift of W. J. Stillman