The Treasury - Fine Roman Art


8287. LARGE VILLANOVAN BICONICAL URN. Etruria. 8th-7th century BC. The heavy single handled bucchero vessel covered with complex incised geometric designs including large ornamented swastikas in triple squares around the waist. 12 x 15.5 inches. Intact with a couple of minor abrasions one side with no repair or restoration. An especially large and fine example said to be from Tarquinia. Museum quality and very rare this nice. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection. Acquired in the 1980's from the estate of an American artist residing in Rome soon after the war who brought his collection into the US c. 1960 upon his return.

The Villanovan culture was the earliest Iron Age culture of central and northern Italy. It was the precursor to the Etruscan culture which followed it and heavily influenced the Romans in turn. Villanovan artiquities are quite rare, especially large pieces of this quality.