Etruscan Bird Askos (Jug)
3 13/16 x 4 13/16 x 2 11/16 in. (9.7 x 12.2 x 6.8 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
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- askoi - Small ancient Greek flasklike vessels with a circular body, wider than high, with a convex top and an arched handle extending from one side across the top to a spout on the other side; used for pouring perfumed oil. Askoi were often grave offerings and sometimes shaped like birds.
- Etruscan - Culture and style of artistic production in Etruria, now modern Tuscany and part of Umbria, between the 7th and 3rd centuries BCE. Known partly from elaborate tumuli, artworks include bronze mirrors and cists, wall paintings, and terracotta and bronze sculptures that are distinct from the Greek Archaic style in their lively sense of movement and delicate decoration. Developments in architecture include the construction of mud brick and wooden temples decorated with terracotta roof tiles and statues. In some classification schemes Etruscan culture includes the Villanovan culture, which was first evident on the Italian peninsula in the ninth century BCE.
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