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Villanovan cinerary urn and lid

Italic, Villanovan
Villanovan I
8th century B.C.


Body: 43 x 33 cm (16 15/16 x 13 in.) Lid: 18 x 31.5 cm (7 1/16 x 12 3/8 in)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Impasto Ware

Not On View


The Ancient World



Handmade bi-conical urn with flattened, out-turned rim. The lid (or bowl) has a rounded, in-turned rim. Both have a flat base and each has one rope-imitation handle.

Comb-incised and impressed meanders and concentric triangles decorate both. Two modeled horns extend from rim of lid. Intact.


By 1992: with G. Max Bernheimer, Bernheimer's Antiquities, 52 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (acquired in New York city in 1990 and said to be from a Sotheby's sale in the early 1980s); gift of G. Max Bernheimer to MFA, September 23, 1992

Credit Line

Gift of G. Max Bernheimer