Bird head vase

06 April 2020

The two bird heads, probably swans, that extend the handle show that this is an archaic work. Birds were already found perched on various objects belonging to the pre-Etruscan civilization, known as ” Villanova”.

This civilization flourished in Tuscany between the 9th and 7th centuries B.C., a close relative of the Central European civilization of Halstatt (first Iron Age). It features horses, deer and birds associated with the cult of a solar deity, to which large golden discs, placed on a cart, were dedicated.

Bronze vase (“askos” ewer) with the body of a headless bird. Central Italy. Early 7th century BC.
Photo: Studio Ferrazzini-Bouchet. Musée Barbier-Mueller