Date: ca.725–700 B.C.
Culture: Etruscan, Italo-geometric
Dimensions: H. 13 3/16 in. (33.5 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Schimmel Foundation Inc., 1975
Accession Number: 1975.363
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).