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Terracotta vase in the shape of a cockerel

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 650–600 B.C.
Culture:
Etruscan
Medium:
Terracotta; bucchero
Dimensions:
H. 4 1/16 in. (10.31 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1924
Accession Number:
24.97.21a, b
  • Description

    This small vase, inscribed with the twenty-six letters of the Etruscan alphabet, may have been a container for ink. The head acts as a stopper and could be attached to the bird’s body by a cord. The missing tail no doubt curved downward to form a third foot.

  • References

    Alexander, Christine. 1925. "Classical Inscriptions: Recent Accessions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20(11): pp. 269-70, fig. 3.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 64-65, fig. 40.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 64-65, fig. 40.

    Alexander, Christine. 1933[1925]. Greek Athletics. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Giglioli, Giulio Quirino. 1935. L'Arte Etrusca. Milan: Fratelli Treves, pl. 48, 5.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. Handbook of the Etruscan Collection. New York: Marchbanks Press, p. 13, figs. 46-48.

    Banti, Luisa. 1973. The Etruscan Cities and Their Culture. Berkeley: University of California Press, no. 93a, pp. 277-8, pl. 93.

    Bonfante, Larissa and Giuliano Bonfante. 1983. The Etruscan Language: An Introduction. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 108-9, figs. 13a, b.

    Angeletti, Maristella Pandolfini. 1990. Alfabetari e insegnamento della scrittura in Etruria e nell'Italia antica. Florence: Olschki, pp. 22-23, pl. 4.

    Jucker, Ines. 1991. Italy of the Etruscans. Jerusalem: Israel Museum, p. 200, n. 262.

    1992. Les Etrusques et l'Europe Paris: Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais, pp. 86, 87, 148,, no. 204, ill..

    Pallottino, Massimo. 1992. La Rome des premiers siècles, légende et histoire: actes de la table ronde en l'honneur de Massimo Pallottino, Paris, 3-4 mai 1990. Florence: Olschki, pp. 86-87, 148, n. 204.

    von Welck, Karin and Reinhard Stupperich. 1996. Italien vor den Romern aus der Antikensammlung des Reiss-Museums Mannheim. Mannheim: Verlag Philipp von Zabern, figs. 1-2.

    Sassatelli, Giusseppe. 2000. "Il Principe e la Pratica della Scrittura." Principi Etruschi: Tra Mediterraneo ed Europa. Venice: Marsilio, pp. 311-12.

    Torelli, Mario. 2000. The Etruscans Milan: Bompiani, no. 250, pp. 476, 616.

    Bonfante, Larissa and Giuliano Bonfante. 2002. The Etruscan Language: An Introduction, rev. ed.. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 133-34, figs. 14a-c.

    Borrelli, Federica and Marcia Cristina Targia. 2004. The Etruscans: Art, Archiecture, and History, Stefano Peccatori and Stefano Zuffi, eds. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, p. 33.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 318, pp. 275, 469.

    Gran-Aymerich, Jean. 2008. "Les Etrusques, la Méditerranée Occidentale et les Vases à Parfum." Parfums de l'Antiquité : la rose et l'encens en Méditerranée. Mariemont: Musée Royal de Mariemont, pp. 105-6, fig. 5a.

    de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 2.1, pp. 8, 19-21.

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