Rituals related to wine were already present in Etruria since the end of the Bronze Age. However, contact with Greek culture marked a profound evolution. Wine became more deeply linked to the religious dimension, used collectively in celebrations to the gods and in funeral ceremonies. Wine became quickly the main character of social rituals, banquets and symposia. Among the Etruscans the cultivation of the vine itself was extremely important; priests were the only ones in charge of the vineyards cultivation technique and of the magical practices to preserve the vineyards from bad weather. Ancient Greek and Roman historians testify the great opulence and luxury of Etruscan banquets, where fine potter and precious embroidered fabric was exhibited.
Etruscan Bronze Jug with Decorated Handle
A finely modelled Etruscan jug featuring a squat body and A high, crooked handle, extending from the vessel’s shoulder to the rim. The handle is further enriched by a finisal modelled in the shape of a palmette. A beautiful example of Etruscan bronze craftsmanship.
Provenance: Ex. Gorny & Mosh, auction 248, lot 201, 3Oth June 2017.
Condition: Fine with beautiful green patination to the surface. Professionally restored.