Terracotta askos (flask) in the form of a rooster


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170

The Etruscans produced numerous askoi in the shape of ducks, but askoi in the shape of other birds are quite rare. Only one other rooster-shaped example is known, almost identical to this one. The askos in the form of a jackdaw (Corvus monedula), a Eurasian bird similar to a small crow, is the only one known. It is adorned with a protective bulla (amulet) necklace of the type usually worn by Etruscan children and must represent someone's favorite pet.

Terracotta askos (flask) in the form of a rooster, Terracotta, Etruscan

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