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


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.