University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Mario A. Del Chiaro

Etruscan Bird-Askoi

Painted Vases in the Shape of Birds

By: Mario A. Del Chiaro

Vases in the form of animals or birds (askoi; askos, singular) have a remarkably long history in Western and Far Eastern art. In ancient Greece, decorated vases shaped as birds were produced as early as the Geometric period (9th-8th century B.C.), and in Italy during the Iron Age (10th-8th century B.C.) there are equally interesting […]