Vessel in the Shape of a Wild Boar

700–500 BC or 1900s AD

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Wild boars were a favorite motif in classical antiquity, but this vessel has long puzzled scholars. Its brown, burnished surface, with incised geometric decoration, recalls Etruscan impasto pottery from as early as the seventh century BC. The naturalistic shape of the boar, however, resembles terracotta vessels made in the fifth century BC or later. Recent scientific analysis suggests that this vessel may have been made in the 20th century, and our curators and conservators are continuing their research.

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  • Title: Vessel in the Shape of a Wild Boar
  • Date Created: 700–500 BC or 1900s AD
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 17.5 cm (6 7/8 in.)
  • Provenance: The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Ceramic
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1977.42
  • Medium: terracotta
  • Fun Fact: This boar enjoyed brief internet fame, with a series of online memes peaking in 2018.
  • Department: Greek and Roman Art
  • Culture: Italy, Etruscan or modern forgery
  • Credit Line: Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund
  • Collection: GR - Etruscan
  • Accession Number: 1977.42

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