Situla and cover

Italic, Etruscan
Late Classical Period
about 400 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 520; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 126 (additional published references).


Height: 36.8 cm (14 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The vertical handle at the back takes the form of a standing youth, of Polykleitan proportions, with fillet in his long, athlete’s hair and open pyxis in his left hand. He stands on a small, rectangular, molded plinth; honeysuckle ornament above and below forms the connection to the body of the bucket and (above) also the loop for the handle. The spout takes the form of a griffin’s head with a hoof protruding from its mouth. The swinging handle of situla type passes through attachments on the shoulder (front) and on the rear handle. The ends of the bail form closed lotus buds. In the center of the circular lid there is a crouching panther. The situla and cover are thickly covered with green corrosion; earth encrustation remains in spots.


1887: probably found about May 1887 near Valledacqua (according to the notes of Giulio Gabrielli, Inspector of Archaeological Excavations and Monuments, Royal Prefecture of Ascoli Piceno, dated June 3, 1887: "The vase in question was discovered near Paggese in the countryside of Valle d'Acqua on private farmland belonging to Francesco Clerici..."); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA, November 1891

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren