Unknown artist, Etruscan
Pail (situla), 530 - 525 BCE
Height: 27.2 cm (10 11/16 inches)
Mary B. Jackson Fund 32.245
Bucket-shaped vessels (situlae) of this type are typical of the northern areas of Etruscan territory but are found as far east as Slovenia. The puffy figural style is characteristic of non-Italian Iron Age art, although the subject matter is Etruscan. The three bands around the situla depict processions of gazelle-like animals on the lowest level, armed and helmeted warriors in the middle, and on the third level vignettes of funerary games complete with boxers, musicians, and banqueters. Processions are commonly depicted in Etruscan funerary contexts—on tomb walls, on coffins, and as here, on grave goods. This situla was not meant for everyday use; rather, it was probably made as a grave gift for the person in whose tomb it was found.