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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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
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.
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