Brocca - inv. 462

Southern Italy , Early 1st century AD.

Jug
iron  
height 31,6 cm
1879 bequest Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Inv. 462

Antique Murano Glass Room


This small jug comes from Locarno (Switzerland), and was bought by Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli. The long ovoid body is embellished by winding reliefs, from which the head of Medusa is welded. The other reliefs include a goat and an old bearded man who is perhaps holding a knife and has a dead animal at his feat. These images, which are unconnected have an intended narrative as they both come from a group of sacred beings. Despite being an everyday object, this jug distinguishes itself due to the expression of its figures, hellenistic in origin.