Terracotta barrel-shaped oinochoe (jug)

Period: Geometric

Date: ca.725–700 B.C.

Culture: Etruscan, Italo-geometric

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: H. 13 3/16 in. (33.5 cm)

Classification: Vases

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).