Terracotta barrel-shaped oinochoe (jug)

Etruscan, Italo-geometric

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170

This unusual shape is often found with another distinctive container, a bird-shaped askos. Some scholars have proposed a connection with a wine ritual. Such vases, their painted ornaments heavily influenced by Greek geometric pottery, were produced at Vulci. The originally Near Eastern motif of two goats flanking a tree of life also occurs on a celebrated Euboean geometric krater found on Cyprus (74.51.965), which is on view in the early Greek galleries (The Belfer Court).

Terracotta barrel-shaped oinochoe (jug), Terracotta, Etruscan, Italo-geometric

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