Impasto ware tripod vessel

Villanovan period, 8-7th century B.C.
H. 17 cm (6 11⁄16 in)

Private collection, New York, prior to 1981
Private collection, Switzerland, acquired from the above

Jacques Chamay-Silvia Cassani,
L’art des peuples italiques : 3000 à 300 avant J.-C, Hellas Roma 1994, p. 126, no. 38

Proietti et al.
Il Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia, 1980, p. 86, no. 99

R. Paribeni
 Notizie degli Scavi di Antichità,  1928, pp. 445 and 458, ?g. 38

L’art des peuples italiques3000 à 300 avant J.-C, Geneva, Musée Rath, 6 November 1993 - 13 February 1994

The spherical body, with straight neck and wide elliptical mouth, which is slightly closed thus forming a partial lid or cap. The body with vertical grooves and incised dotted band, two further bands encircle the base of the short cylindrical spout. The shoulder with a loop handle. An incised dotted band at the join of top of the neck and hooded mouth, the top of the mouth lid with dotted triangles.

The vessel, with its gaping mouth, has a zoomorphic feel, perhaps evoking the head of a frog.
Other examples of similar three-legged cups have been found at Bisenzio, Tuscany. The handles sometimes support figurines. At least three other similar capped mouths have been recorded from this area. 

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