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Villanovan cinerary urn and lid

Handmade bi-conical urn with flattened, out-turned rim. The lid (or bowl) has a rounded, in-turned rim. Both have a flat base and each has one rope-imitation handle. Comb-incised and impressed meanders and concentric triangles decorate both. Two modeled horns extend from rim of lid. Intact.


By 1992: with G. Max Bernheimer, Bernheimer's Antiquities, 52 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (acquired in New York city in 1990 and said to be from a Sotheby's sale in the early 1980s); gift of G. Max Bernheimer to MFA, September 23, 1992

Credit Line

Gift of G. Max Bernheimer

Italic, Villanovan, Villanovan I, 8th century B.C.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Impasto Ware


The Ancient World