Recovered in 1905 during the exploration of an Etruscan tomb, led by Alessandro Mandolesi of the University of Turin in collaboration with the Archaeological Superintendency of Southern Etruria. One of many rare and unique artifacts unearthed from within a 2,600-year-old burial site evidenced to be the resting place of an Etruscan prince, a relative to Tarquinius Priscus, the legendary fifth king of Rome ruling between 616 to 579 B.C. The Etruscans, having been credited to teaching the Romans how to build roads and noted for their arts and rich literature by such famous grammarians as Marcus Servius Honoratus, remain one of the ancient world’s most fascinating and mysterious cultures. This tiny vessel is an exquisite example of Etruscan artisanship allowing a glimpse into the lives of these elusive peoples. Inverted turnip form body and flared neck with broad lip. 3 3/8” height, polished red terra cotta with brown slip to the neck. Bearing an identifying label stating “From Etruscan Tomb on Prince ……… Estate / Rome 1905. Further information on the excavation can be found at
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