Bronze beak-spouted Oinochoe

1,000 د.إ د.إ

SKU: TT14-C050 Tag:

Second half-to the end of the fourth century BCE
Height: 25.5 cm
Rim: 12 cm
Max body: 16 cm
Foot: 8.5 cm
Recovered by the Guardia di Finanza in 2010

This oinochoe, or wine jug, has an ovoid body, cylindrical neck, and a truncated, cone-shaped foot. The spout, which gives the vessel its name, protrudes to an average extent from the vessel’s three lobed lip. The vessel has a rod-shaped handle attached at the lip by two arms that run along the border of the vessel’s symmetrical lobes. These gradually thin and end in two serpent-head protomes. The bottom of the handle is decorative: a band of embossed lines in a crosshatch pattern is molded above the lower attachment, which is shaped as a palmette with nine petals. To either side, two stylized serpent heads bend upward. This part of the handle is particularly corroded and covered with concretions that give the entire decoration a diffused blue color tending towards manganese blue. The pitcher’s entire surface shows itself to be compact, and is a dark green color with patches of vermilion, characteristic of the oxidation of the copper alloy from which it is made. The vessel is well-preserved, but note two holes of irregular diameter and a significant cracking that obliquely crosses the central part of the body. The foot of the vessel, short and formed as a truncated cone, is decorated with a row of vertical rods spaced at regular intervals. The base is hollow and shows significant welding residue. The distinctive serpent protomes at both ends of the handle associate this vessel with beak-spouted oinochoe of type II. (Bouloumié) vessels are widely found in Southern Etruscan funerary contexts (at, for example, Bisenzio, Falerii, Vulci, Tarquinia and Vetralla). Type II oinochoe were produced between the second half and the end of the fourth century BCE.

Massimo Rossi


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