Oval hut urn

Italic, Villanovan
Iron Age
9th century B.C.


Urn: 20.5 x 26 cm (8 1/16 x 10 1/4 in.). Door: height: 9 cm; width: 11.3 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Oval hut urn of dark burnished fabric with separate door which was originally held in place by a rod placed through pierced projections in door center and on either side of the opening. Used as a receptacle for a cremation burial, this urn is also important as a representation of an early Italic building, the type of which only the barest foundation have survived. Projections along the ridgepole perhaps suggest Cretan connections (Hencken). Incised design around edge of roof.

Lower section of roof restored in plaster on one side toward the back of the hut; large chip missing from bottom edge on the opposite side. Some cracking, but generally well-preserved.


By date unknown: with Jeannette Brun, Dufourstrasse 119, Zurich 8008, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Jeannette Brun, April 10, 1974

Credit Line

Benjamin and Lucy Rowland Fund