Monumental Etruscan Pithos

Culture: Etruscan
Period: End of 7th to beginning of 6th century B.C.
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 74 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 4084
Provenance: English private collection, acquired between 1960 and 1980 at the European art market.
Condition: Corpus reassembled from a few pieces.
Description: Monumental storage container of burnt, red colored clay (Pithos), where once wine, oil, salt or grain was stored. The slim tapering down corpus with broad ribs. On the shoulders a circulating freeze depicting stylized animals, amongst them griffins, stags and bears. Above the shoulders broad wave decoration. Neck and mouth in clay colour. The freeze band, stamped in the leather-hard clay, is an indication for the production site Cerveteri.