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Terracotta olpe (jug)

ca. 550–525 B.C.
Terracotta; black-figure
H. with handle 7 1/4 in. (18.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Richard A. Van Every Gift , 1962
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
Heraldic lions flanking a stylized palmette design

The conventional subject on this jug is executed with expert precision and delicacy. The ultimate inspiration for both the motifs and the shape is Corinthian pottery, imported to Italy in significant quantities during the seventh and sixth centuries B.C.
Markoe, Glenn and Nancy J. Serwint. 1985. Animal Style on Greek and Etruscan Vases : An Exhibition at the Robert Hull Fleming Museum. no. 47, p. 48, Burlington, Vermont: Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 4.108b, p. 128, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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