About this object

Small, squat pitcher of sheet-bronze. The surface of the jug preserves evidence of the woven cloth in which it was wrapped or against which it rested. The textile, with an open weave, preserves impressions of woven cloth in rust on the neck and body of the vessel.

The pitcher is an example of the type known as a "plumpe Kanne", the baggy forerunner of the classical Etruscan "Schnabelkanne" beaked pitcher, very characteristic of Etruscan tomb groups and exports from the region of Vulci. As Turfa notes, an intensive Etruscan occupation of the Bay of Naples is in fact attested for the Archaic period, in finds made beneath the levels of the homes destroyed in AD79, so it is possible that this vase was found in Herculaneum.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Container
  • Culture
    Etruscan
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy
  • Date made
    550 BC - 500 BC
  • Materials
    Bronze
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    Thomas Thynne
  • Place collected
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Campania: Herculaneum
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    190 mm x 120 mm x 140 mm
  • Note
    Brought from Herculaneum by Lord Weymouth. Given to Norwich Castle Museum by Mrs Samuel Isaacs, Regent St, London. a second tag with Isaacs' name bears a pink wax sealing of a bouquet of flowers in a trapezoidal vase. Curator's note: Mrs. Samuel Isaacs was the widow of Samuel Isaacs, listed in the Post Office London Directory of 1843 as a 'picture dealer and importer of curiosities'. Some of Isaacs' collection was auctioned in London in 1844, the year after his death (G Muskett, May 2014)
  • Related people
    Ann Isaacs ( Previous owner); Samuel Isaacs ( Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner); Thomas Thynne ( Collector, previous owner)

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Publications

  • Catalogue of Etruscan Objects in World Museum, Liverpool

    MacIntosh Turfa, Jean; Muskett, Georgina

    Author: MacIntosh Turfa, Jean; Muskett, Georgina
    Publisher: Archaeopress Publishing Ltd
    Date: 2017
    Description: One of the finest collections of Etruscan artifacts outside of Italy was begun in the 19th century by Joseph Mayer, goldsmith, of Liverpool. His donation of the collection became the core of Liverpool Museum, now World Museum, and has been augmented over the years by additional gifts and other acquisitions, such as those from the Wellcome Collection and Norwich Castle Museum. Much of the original material came from the necropolis of Vulci (Canino) when it was excavated by Lucien Bonaparte, Prince of Canino, while additional objects represent several other cities and sites. Already famous for its gold jewellery and bronze vessels of the 6th to 4th centuries BCE, the Liverpool collection includes a fine selection of Etruscan vases, especially bucchero ware and Archaic painted vases, several scarab seals in semiprecious stones, a small number of carved ivories, and funerary urns, including that of Larui Helesa, in which were found gold earrings identical to those worn by her colourful effigy on its lid. A large group of bronze fibulae (safety-pins) furnish examples of most major types of those important ornaments of the Iron Age and Archaic periods. Engraved bronze mirrors and terracotta votives in the form of heads and body parts (such as uteri) of the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE illustrate myths and offerings that were essential to Etruscan religion. From a Villanovan sword to Hellenistic epitaphs, the Liverpool Etruscan and Italian collection offers a rare glimpse of early civilization in central Italy.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Sold
  • Ann Isaacs

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Samuel Isaacs

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1843-05-22
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Thomas Thynne

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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