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Small Etruscan Bronze Trefoil-Mouthed Oinochoe

With a Mask of Silenus at the base of the handle, an enigmatic Eye motif on the shoulder. Eye motifs, singular and in pairs, were used apotropaically, intended to protect the contents of the vessel and whomever consumed them from harm.

Ca. 500–450 BC

Height: 9.8 cm. (3 7/8 in.)

Width: 9.1 cm. (3 5/8 in.)


Ex: German private collection, British market, 1990.

Published: Antiquarium, Ltd.; Ancient Treasures XIX. (London, 2020) p.22

Comparanda: Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen inv. no. H2234 The British Museum, London reg. no.1843,1103.31 Rijksmuseum van Oudheden , Leiden acc. no. RSx3

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