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Two heraldic roosters enclose long-beaked bird with wings spread out on either side. Two smaller birds above its wings. Another perches on tail-feathers of left-hand rooster. Red overpaint for combs and wing feathers.


By 1965: Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection (probably from Hesperia Art, 2219 St. James Street, Philadelphia, Pa.); loaned to MFA by Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Vermeule III, November 12, 1965 (loan number 218.65); gift to MFA from Cornelius C. Vermeule III, March 21, 2001, in memory of Emily Dickinson Townsend Vermeule

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Emily Dickinson Townsend Vermeule

Italic, Etruscan, Archaic Period, 6th century B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Tuscany or Lazio, Italy


Height: 7.5 cm (2 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Italo-Corinthian style


The Ancient World