Etruscan bucchero neck of a jug showing a male mask - ROM2010_11669_5


Etruscan bucchero neck of a jug showing a male mask

Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware, burnished with incised and relief decoration
Geography: Made in Etruria, Italy, probably Chiusi or Orvieto; findspot unknown
Date: about 550 BC
Period: Etruscan Archaic period
13.3 x 10.8 cm
Object number: 918.3.162
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. H.D. Warren
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome - Bratty Exhibit of Etruria

The face has archaic features, with incised pupils of the eyes, eyelids, and eyebrows; a light beard indicated by fine hatching; hair incised.

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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