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Basse-Yutz flagon
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Тhis bronze flagon is one of a pair that is considered one of the finest examples of early La Tène art. They were made in eastern France but copy the shape of Etruscan vessels from northern Italy. Originally used for pouring drinks at feasts, the flagons were probably buried as grave-goods in a rich burial, which also included two large bronze jars made in Etruscan Italy.

The design of the flagons shows a mixture of influences: the dog/wolf handles are an idea from Greek or Etruscan art, but made in a local style, the palmettes under the spouts are a popular Celtic motif originally from Egypt via Greece, the interlace is inlaid with coral from the Mediterranean, and the lid with red enamel probably from Asia Minor. The duck at the end of the spout, however, is a purely native element of the decoration. The flagons would have been used to serve beer, mead or wine at feasts.

Basse-Yutz flagon


From Basse-Yutz, Lorraine, France, c.400 BC
Ht. 39,6 cm



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