Terracotta beak-spouted jug

Late Villanovan

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170

The distinctive beak-spout of this jug indicates that it is a local imitation of a type imported to Italy from the Eastern Mediterranean with increasing frequency into the seventh century B.C. This particular type, with split handle and modeled ribs, was especially popular in Bisenzio, during the transition between Villanovan and Early Etruscan culture.

Terracotta beak-spouted jug, Terracotta, Late Villanovan

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