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).


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



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.


By date unknown: Alfred Greenough Collection, no.197

Credit Line

Bequest from Charles H. Parker