Etruscan bucchero infundibulum (combined strainer and funnel) - ROM2010_11485_61


Etruscan bucchero infundibulum (combined strainer and funnel)

Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware, burnished with relief decoration
Geography: Made in Etruria, Italy, probably at Chiusi; findspot unknown
Date: about 550-525 BC
Period: Etruscan Archaic period
9.3 x 25.2 x 14.2 cm
Object number: 918.3.126
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. H.D. Warren
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome - Bratty Exhibit of Etruria

The outside of the strainer is decorted with five panthers in relief, and on the handle is the female figure the Potnia Theron (Mistress of the Animals).

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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