Etruscan bucchero stand decorated with horses - ROM2010_11485_14


Etruscan bucchero stand decorated with horses

Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware, burnished with relief decoration
Geography: Made in Etruria, Italy, possibly at Orvieto; findspot unknown
Date: about 550-500 BC
Period: Etruscan Archaic period
20 x 21 x 11.8 x 11.8 cm
Object number: 918.3.128
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. H.D. Warren
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome - Bratty Exhibit of Etruria

This stand is of unknown function, although it is sometimes referred to as an 'asparagus holder'.

Bucchero-ware pottery was produced from the 7th to the 5th centuries BC in Etruria. It was made from local clay fired in a kiln in a strongly reducing atmosphere (without oxygen), which caused a chemical reaction with the iron oxides in the clay, turning the vase black. The surface of the vase was burnished (polished with a wooden tool) before firing, giving it a lustrous sheen. This was just one way in which this type of pottery imitated metal vessels. The earliest Etruscan bucchero was thin-walled, but over time it became heavier.

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