This vase was probably used to contain
ointments or perfumed oils and although it's
creation is inspired by Greek Hellenistic
prototypes, its craftsmanship is typically
It was made in the 3rd century BC, probably in a
workshop in Orvieto or Vulci, known at the time
for their refined bronze products.
Made with the lost-wax casting method, this
small bronze container is fashioned in the form of
a woman's head. The delicately modeled face,
pensive and gentle, is meticulously engraved with
a burin, while her hair is gently held back in a
typically Classical style. There is a tall and thin
handle at the back to facilitate pouring the liquid.
The craftsmanship of the vase is typically
Etruscan, but its form is borrowed from certain
Hellenistic period vessels: bronze cast perfume
vases and oinochoes (wine jugs), of similar
dimensions and also shaped like a woman's
head, that were made in Greece in the late 4th
and early 3rd centuries BC.