This large copper pitcher is made from four sheets of copper hammered into shape and rivetted together. The handle on the side of the vessel is to help with pouring: when full the jug would have been very heavy. It is a remarkably well-preserved example of a type of vessel which was fairly common, but which rarely survives intact. Sets of bronze vessels including jugs such as this, ladles, bowls and pans have been found placed in tombs in various parts of the Etruscan world.


  • Title: Copper jug
  • Date Created: -1500/-1300
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 54.00cm; Diameter: 42.60cm; Weight: 6.00kg
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: beaten; riveted
  • Registration number: 1963,0705.1
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Peloponnese
  • Period/culture: Mycenaean
  • Material: copper
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Spink & Son Ltd. With contribution from Ready, M F T
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